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September 23, 2003

Jefferson's War   (book)

Jefferson's War: America's First War on Terror 1801-1805
Jefferson's War: America's First War on Terror 1801-1805

I'm interested in military history, especially American foreign policy and how it has changed over the years, and this book looks like a good place to get insight into how America has responded to terrorism in the past and how that stance has changed over the years, since the Founding Fathers were in control of the government.

This is more of a history book than I expected, but it's also an area of history not a lot of people are familiar with, from what I've seen. It's interesting to look at the methods and motives of the players in this collection of stories about how the young nation America (and the rest of the world) deals with the Barbary States. While the motives on each side differ considerably from today's war on terror(ism?), many of the situations and reactions described provide valuable lessons in international relations.

Posted by yargevad at September 23, 2003 10:59 AM

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