The Barbary Wars by Franklin T. Lambert

The Barbary Wars

American independence was secured from Britain on September 3, 1783. Within a year, the American merchant ship Betsey was captured by Sallee Rovers, state-sponsored pirates operating out of the ports of Morocco. Algerian pirates quickly seized two more American ships: the boats were confiscated, their crews held captive, and ransom demanded of the fledging American government.The history of America's conflict with the piratical states of the Medi...

Details The Barbary Wars

TitleThe Barbary Wars
Release DateAug 17th, 2005
PublisherHill and Wang
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, War, North American Hi..., American History, Adventure, Pirates, Northern Africa, Algeria, Military, Military History

Reviews The Barbary Wars

  • Lizzie
    Exactly what I wanted- a concise, chronological history of the U.S. wars with the Barbary states, namely the Tripolitan War and the Algerine War, with much commerce raided and tribute demanded in between. The focus of the author was the U.S. struggle to balance its revolutionary desires for an open Atlantic trading system with its relative insignificance and weakness at the dawn of the 19th century. I would have loved more about the Barbary state...
  • Lisa
    A solid account of the long-simmering conflict between the newly independent American states (not yet United at the outset) and the Barbary states of North Africa. The author provides clear context for events, and brought up several points I was previously unaware of, such as that the treaty with France during the Revolution protected American shipping in the Mediterranean. However, the narrative was a little circuitous at times- repeated mention...
  • Jerry Landry
    Great read, especially in light of our current conflict with Libya. I had only encountered the Barbary Wars as a sidenote in other historical texts, so it was good to get the whole story from beginning to end like this. Lambert does an excellent job of conveying the facts and placing the conflict in context of the other major events of early US history (the Constitution, War of 1812, etc.).
  • Nick Montalbano
    A definitive concise history of the thirty year conflict that plagued the early nation's trade. This book should be in anyone's bookshelf who is interested in American history
  • Hannah Scott
    I really enjoyed this book. An interesting and very important part of American history that is never taught.
  • David
    Very quick book on the history of the Barbary Wars. Interestingly, the author is more of a religious historian than a military historian. With that background, there was more discussion of the Barbary States, but not as much as I had hoped. He gives a quick history of the states and their interactions with European powers, but I had hoped for more. The military history sections seemed rushed. It was more the Reader's Digest version of the war. De...
  • Nezka
    Detailed political and military history of specific dealings of the young American nation with foreign pirates and diplomacy, which led to establishing of American Navy and the USA as a strong foreign power.
  • Robert Flaxman
    A solid accounting of America's struggle to deal with the Barbary Coast states around the turn of the 19th century, but it focuses almost entirely on this admittedly minor conflict while not spending a ton of time on broader context, feeling a bit stretched as a result. Everything that's here is perfectly informative, and some color is brought to a distant time in the nation's history, but it did feel like it could have been more illuminating.
  • Rickie
    It was informative and interesting, but stalled in a few places. I particularly liked the parts that described the adventurous feats of heroism by Americans fighting against the pirates, but those parts didn't last very long.
  • David R.
    A workmanlike narrative, but it tends to be superficial and occasionally one dimensional. Nor am I convinced that anything is truly concluded: there's a short rah-rah-we-won closing that historically, stops dead in 1815. A bit more afterward would be welcomed.
  • Annie
    Not bad for a historical text on the barbary wars. Chapter 4 was the best. Between 3 and 4 stars overall.
  • Elizabeth
    Adams is by far the most useless person in Early American history
  • Nedland P.
    Fascinating read.
  • Jeffrey
    "the shores of Tripoli" most folks don't know how that got into the marine anthem, it came from the Barbary wars which ran on and off from the early 1790's to about 1816. It's a fascinating story involving messy, back-stabbing politics at home, the quasi-war with france, the war of 1812 with england, trade wars involving most of the european nations, our independence and the development of our first real navy. well-written and concise, the author...