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This is the true life story of the Scottish gardener’s son, John Paul, who became America’s greatest naval hero, John Paul Jones. British midshipman, African slaver, traveling actor, merchant captain, accused of murder and suspected of freebooting—this was John Paul. Captain in Washington’s Continental Navy, raider of the British coasts and victor in one of history’s most desperate naval battles, lion of the French court and beloved by beautiful women, Russian admiral under Catherine the Great, and dead at 45, neglected by his adopted United States, his very grave lost for a hundred years—that was John Paul Jones.
“John Paul Jones contains all the elements of fiction with the added charm of reality, accurately presented in the book with great adventure. Those fond of adventure will find it here in plenty, well told. The naval minded will revel in this epic of glorious achievement at sea under our first flag, giving the American Navy traditional material virtually without parallel.” -- Commodore Dudley Wright Knox, USN, author of The Eclipse of American Sea Power and A History of the United States Navy