Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

06 Jan

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli PiratesThomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A book well worth reading if you like American history or are interested in the history of the Barbary Coast in the early 19th century. While not the most in-depth book, it hits all the highlights and explains the motivations behind the major players. Most importantly, it does so in a very readable format that won’t put the reader to sleep.

One of the takeaways for me in this book is how often great men – and great ideas – fail before they succeed. We live in a culture that doesn’t value failure as a way to learn, grow, and adapt. We want our children to walk on their first try. We want to win a trophy on our first attempt. We want to earn our first million before we’re thirty-five. Thankfully, our forefathers were much wiser, and that wisdom is reflected in this book.


Posted by on January 6, 2017 in Book Reviews, Non Fiction


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4 responses to “Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

  1. Patricia Cornelius

    January 6, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    His second or third book
    Very good


  2. Pegg Thomas

    January 6, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    He has a book out about sports, or sports heroes or something … Michael read it and liked it. I’ve read and reviewed his other historical, George Washington’s Secret Six. It was very good.


  3. sarahylockwood

    January 6, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Great review! I’ve been eyeing this book for a while now.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Mary Rajasekhar

    January 6, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    This is a great review. Did you post it to Olivet Book and Gift?

    Liked by 1 person


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