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.