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A Naval Biography, 1761-1807
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781612514970
  • Binding: Paperback & eBook
  • Era: Age of Sail
  • Number of Pages: 432
  • Subject: Autobiography & Biography
  • Date Available: June 2014
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Originally published in 1972, Christopher McKee’s biography of Edward Preble remains the most authoritative source on this influential early shaper of the U.S. naval tradition. McKee documents Preble’s rise from obscurity to become Thomas Jefferson’s chief administrator. He chronicles the officer’s relationship with Jefferson and outlines the president’s policies and strategies during the Barbary Wars. McKee also brings to light the Tripolitan activities and attitudes that confronted Preble as he sought to bring the war to an end.

~ Praise for Edward Preble ~

"Christopher McKee handled Preble in an even-handed, straightforward manner, laying out the facts about the famed commodore without glossing over his more temperamental side. Preble played a huge role in shaping the course of naval tradition by teaching the likes of Stephen Decatur Jr., Charles Stewart, Isaac Hull, Thomas Macdonough, Charles Morris, James Lawrence, and others how to be naval officers, but he instilled in them the same burning pride he had for the service. This classic work is a must-have for anyone interested in the early years of the United States Navy."

— Chipp Reid, author of Intrepid Sailors: The Legacy of Preble’s Boys and the Tripoli Campaign

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