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One of the Better Books about the Barbary Wars
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2016
Frank Lambert's "The Barbary Wars: American Independence in the Atlantic World" is one of the better books about the Barbary Wars. It does a good job at covering the political and religious views of those living in the United States and the various Barbary Nations. It also touches on these same views of those living in Europe. "The Barbary Wars" is far superior in these areas than either "Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates" or "The Crescent Obscured." The book does not cover military activities and actions in great detail, which actually allows the reader to better follow the political and religious dialogue better. For the best book on the military military activities and actions during the Barbary Wars I recommend "Dawn Like Thunder" by Glenn Tucker.
Minor complaints are that the photos and illustrations are not in chronological order and the author occasionally gets descriptions of naval ships confused, e.g., the USS Guerriere was a 44-gun frigate (not a 74-gun ship-of-the-line as the author states) and USS Ontario was a 20-gun sloop-of-war built at Baltimore in 1813 (not a British sloop captured by Decator as the author states). USS Epervier, which was a captured British 18-gun brig-sloop (but not captured by Decator) also accompanied the Guerriere and Ontario to the Mediterranean in 1815. Also, USS Independence, which was a new 74-gun ship-of-the-line, did show up in the Mediterranean after Decatur had obtained peace with Algiers in 1815.