Nothing Too Daring

A Biography of Commodore David Porter, 1780-1843
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Binding:Paperback
Published:April 18, 2014
By David F. Long (Author)

Commodore David Dixon Porter made history when he took the Essex into the Pacific and crippled the British whaling industry in the War of 1812. He was the first to suggest that the U.S. Navy force open Japan. He was also court-martialed and convicted on charges arising out of his unauthorized invasion of Spanish Puerto Rico. He later sought to reverse his fortunes in the Mexican Navy, and consistently suffered chaos in his personal and financial affairs. As the first U.S. chargé d’affaires in Constantinople he established direct diplomatic relations between the U.S. Commodore David Dixon Porter made history when he took the USS Essex into the Pacific and crippled the British whaling industry during the War of 1812. While the first to suggest that the U.S. Navy force open Japan, he was also court-martialed for his unauthorized invasion of Spanish Puerto Rico. He later sought to reverse his fortunes in the Mexican Navy, and consistently suffered chaos in his personal and financial affairs. Nothing Too Daring offers an objective, thoroughly researched biography of one of America’s most colorful naval officers.

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  • Paperback : 434 pages
  • Illustrations: 27 b/w photos; 6 maps
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (April 18, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1591144302
  • ISBN-13: 9781591144304
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 20.16 oz

David F. Long was a professor of history at the University of New Hampshire and the author of Sailor-Diplomat: A Biography of James Biddle, and Ready to Hazard: A Biography of Commodore William Bainbridge. He died in 2001.

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