Monday, July 15, 2013

At War with Islam?

Face it!  The United States is at war with Islam and has been since 1802.  That was when Thomas Jefferson sent the Marines to Tripoli to put a stop to the depredations of the Barbary Pirates.  I would like to thank Colonel Jonathan Brazee, USMC (Ret.) for illuminating a little known piece of American history.  Most of us are vaguely aware that this distant war was the genesis of the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps but what actually happened is usually left unsaid.  The depth of Colonel Brazee’s research is evident from the first page.  He describes in convincing detail the campaigns of the war through the eyes of three fictional characters and a narrator.  Each player has a unique voice rich with period dialect, which admittedly is a bit thick at times, but nevertheless adds much early nineteenth century nuance.  (I even learned some new words.)  The pace is excellent and I was frankly glued to the narrative.  I appreciate the history lesson and highly recommend it.

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