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Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy (2006)

de Ian W. Toll

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History. Military. Nonfiction. HTML:Before the ink was dry on the Constitution of the United States, the establishment of a permanent military had become the most divisive issue facing the young republic. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect American commerce from the vicious depredations of the Barbary pirates, or would it drain the treasury and provoke hostilities with the great powers? How large a navy would suffice? The founders ?? particularly Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison, and Adams ?? debated these questions fiercely and switched sides more than once.

In 1794, President Washington signed legislation authorizing the construction of six heavy frigates. The unique combination of power, speed and tactical versatility ?? smaller than a battleship and larger than a sloop ?? that all navies sent on their most daring missions. It was the first great appropriation of federal money and the first demonstration of the power of the new central government, calling for the creation of entirely new domestic industries, and the extraction of natural resources from the backwoods of Maine to the uninhabited coastal islands of Georgia.

From the complicated politics of the initial decision, through the cliffhanger campaign against Tripoli, to the war that shook the world in 1812, Ian W. Toll tells this grand tale with the political insight of Founding Brothers and a narrative flair worthy of Patrick O'Brian. In the words of Henry Adams, the 1812 encounter between USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere "raised the United States in one half hour to the rank of a first class power in
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This book reminded me why I love history so much. ( )
  AnthonyBuono | Mar 20, 2023 |
On google books, the first book that I used lots of 'notes' on (highlighted interesting sections of text).

A really great read that strikes a fine balance between the political milieu of the founding fathers (particularly Adams, Jefferson, and Madison), bloody frigate fights, and even some of the War of 1812 that took place off the water (the burning of D.C, Battle of New Orleans, etc.) The Barbary pirates (Tripoli, Algiers) is an interesting section. Blackmail from half way around the world. Toll is good at zooming in for details and then zooming out for narrative, keeping things moving, interesting and relevant. A lot of his 'zoom-ins' (like the Battle of New Orleans and the Battle of Lake Erie) spark interest in further reading on those subjects. Also VERY interesting (having read Aubrey / Maturin) in the analysis of British sailing, gunnery, and naval architecture as compared to the upstart Americans. A real David vs. Goliath story. Balls of steel, those early sea captains. ( )
1 vota jsmick | Oct 5, 2022 |
A must read for any Navy buff. It details wonderfully how our fledgling Navy forged out onto the high seas without getting so deep into the weeds that the reader runs aground. Well researched, well written, highly educational, and most enjoyable. I will likely read this again sometime in the future. ( )
  282Mikado | Apr 13, 2022 |
Finished Ian Toll’s Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy.

An interesting work on the foundation of the United States Navy originally during the American Revolution just to have all the ships scrapped after the war. The true founding occurred during John Adams Administration to aid U.S. merchants during the Barbary Wars and later during the Quasi War with France.

Later the original six frigates laid down were used by the Jefferson Presidency in the Tripolitania Wars and by the Madison administration during the War of 1812 and it is these conflicts that the bulk of the book addresses and goes into a fair amount of detail.

The epic fights between the Federalists who supported the development of the navy versus the Republicans who were against it. The Republicans who after every conflict decommissioned all or most of the fleet or invested in largely useless gunboats.

A worthy read on the forging of a fledgling navy. ( )
  dsha67 | Nov 17, 2021 |
Well written story of the trials, tribulations and growing pains overcome of the young Navy of the nascent Republic. ( )
  4bonasa | May 20, 2021 |
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History. Military. Nonfiction. HTML:Before the ink was dry on the Constitution of the United States, the establishment of a permanent military had become the most divisive issue facing the young republic. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect American commerce from the vicious depredations of the Barbary pirates, or would it drain the treasury and provoke hostilities with the great powers? How large a navy would suffice? The founders ?? particularly Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison, and Adams ?? debated these questions fiercely and switched sides more than once.

In 1794, President Washington signed legislation authorizing the construction of six heavy frigates. The unique combination of power, speed and tactical versatility ?? smaller than a battleship and larger than a sloop ?? that all navies sent on their most daring missions. It was the first great appropriation of federal money and the first demonstration of the power of the new central government, calling for the creation of entirely new domestic industries, and the extraction of natural resources from the backwoods of Maine to the uninhabited coastal islands of Georgia.

From the complicated politics of the initial decision, through the cliffhanger campaign against Tripoli, to the war that shook the world in 1812, Ian W. Toll tells this grand tale with the political insight of Founding Brothers and a narrative flair worthy of Patrick O'Brian. In the words of Henry Adams, the 1812 encounter between USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere "raised the United States in one half hour to the rank of a first class power in

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