Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy (2020)

Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy Ian W. Toll Six Frigates The Epic History of the Founding of the U S Navy Before the ink was dry on the U S Constitution the establishment of a permanent military became the most divisive issue facing the new government The founders particularly Jefferson Madison and Ada
  • Title: Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy
  • Author: Ian W. Toll
  • ISBN: 9780393330328
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback
Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy Ian W. Toll Before the ink was dry on the U.S Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military became the most divisive issue facing the new government The founders particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams debated fiercely Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship Would a navy protect from pirates or drain the treasury and provoke hostility Britain alone hadBefore the ink was dry on the U.S Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military became the most divisive issue facing the new government The founders particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams debated fiercely Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship Would a navy protect from pirates or drain the treasury and provoke hostility Britain alone had hundreds of powerful warships.From the decision to build six heavy frigates, through the cliff hanger campaign against Tripoli, to the war that shook the world in 1812, Ian W Toll tells this grand tale with the political insight of Founding Brothers and the narrative flair of Patrick O Brian.
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  1. Mike

    Magnificent Reading this vivid, riveting 5 Star account of the US Navy s birth was often like having a movie playing in my head The battle scenes are just perfectly done Even the 3 day escape of the Constitution from a squadron of British warships was tense and spellbinding, although no significant battle occurred While the main focus is the US Navy, the performance of the British Navy is recounted in detail in the final third of the book, making this a very good reference for historians of Her [...]

  2. Bruce

    Imagine if you will the US Navy at the height of the Reagan Administration The US Navy rules the world s oceans with 600 ships of war There are no serious challengers either in numbers or expertise.Now further imagine another nation that shares the same language, same culture and similar values challenging the supremacy of the US Navy by declaring war This nation has 14 ships of war This nation s pip squeak navy bests the US Navy in six consecutive ship to ship encounters.It changes nothing worl [...]

  3. Rick Riordan

    I devoured Ian Toll s first two books about the naval war in the Pacific during World War II, so I thought I d try his earlier book about the earliest days of the United States Navy I don t know if you have any interest in early American history or in naval warfare, but if you do, this is a great read Toll is one of those historians who can bring history to life like a good novel, and that is no easy task He covers the era made famous by the musical Hamilton, but adds some layers to the story th [...]

  4. Gary Brecht

    Scholarly, yet written in an expressive style, Ian Toll s narrative of the nascent U.S Navy focuses on the construction and history of the six frigates authorized by Congress in 1794 The political division over the need for warships is thoroughly examined Alexander Hamilton, John Adams and the Federalists were pro navy while Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and the Republicans were opposed to both a navy and a standing army In his build up to the looming War of 1812 Toll praises the efficiency an [...]

  5. Lisa (Harmonybites)

    The subtitle, The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S Navy is a misnomer The Continental Navy established during the American Revolution gets short shrift Toll in a few lines disposes of sad tale of 13 frigates, 11 of which were destroyed or captured by the British in the course of the Revolutionary War American Revolutionary naval hero John Paul Jones I have not yet begun to fight gets 19 lines British Napoleonic War admiral Horatio Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar gets much space Rather [...]

  6. Max

    Six Frigates shows us how the interplay of politics and wars led to the establishment of a permanent US Navy Toll, often in graphic detail, describes the Quasi War against the French, the war against the Barbary Pirates and the War of 1812 Beyond these battles Toll also takes us to those between the Federalists and the Republicans, between Adams and Jefferson, and between a seafaring internationally focused New England and an agrarian locally focused South The political arguments sound familiar [...]

  7. Jason

    Six Frigates is an engaging narrative of the early years of the United States Navy For a popular history, it is richly detailed, with descriptions of the military political actors of the era, and the extricates of the naval warfare at the height of the age of sail, in the early 19th century.Ian Toll, a popular historian with a background in financial services has written a broad history, split into three parts preparation and early US Navy planning, the fight against the Barbary pirates and fina [...]

  8. Don

    Nelson s band of brothers, bumping hulls fierce, rate of fire 3 to 2, neutrality boom for shipping, 11 ships in Rev, Algiers money and fear vs Jefferson justice honor respect, live oak challenge, France was issue that differed Adams from Jefferson Madison, 36th ballot to elect Jefferson 1800 after Hamilton, Constitution s 3 days escape from 5 British ships, United States over Macedonia, Philadelphia ran aground captured and destroyed by friendly converted Intrepid, relationships demand attention [...]

  9. Jack

    Well written and a grand story of the beginnings of the United States Navy Focusing on the first six frigates, the author discusses the Barbary War and the War of 1812 I have read many books on the US Navy, but I found this one very entertaining since the focus is exclusively on the first frigates I also found interesting how the frigates were designed to challenge the then invincible Royal Navy I only found one point of dissatisfaction and that is only a minor point I thought a bit would be ne [...]

  10. Peter Tillman

    Good book I don t have much to add to the many real reviews here Starting point is the original six frigates of the United States Navy, enpedia wiki Origina but Toll branches out with all sorts of cool historical tidbits, and is a very good writer too Great account of the War of 1812, which the US started or less by mistake, decided somehow to punish the Brits by invading Canada which may remind you of invading Iraq , and came pretty close to bankrupting and breaking up our young country New En [...]

  11. Christopher

    I had recently finished reading Mr Toll s two excellent books on the war in the Pacific during World War II,and , and decided to read this book as it was his first Though Mr Toll does make some narrative mistakes here that he mostly avoided in his recent books, I am happy to say that the quality of this book is equal to his others Covering the Early Republic era of American history 1789 1815 , Mr Toll details the history of the founding of the U.S Navy, starting with the title s six frigates an [...]

  12. Mark Roth

    This book covers the early days of the U.S Navy, from its founding to its actions in the War of 1812 The story begins with the bill that Congress passed to construct six frigates to deal with the Barbary pirates, and the book follows the ships design, construction, and notable actions throughout their careers, which included the Quasi War with France, the war against the Barbary pirates, and the War of 1812 The book also covers related historical events to provide interesting context, such as ex [...]

  13. Marian Willeke

    Sitting in the waiting area to board the Constitution in Boston, I overheard a man comment that he read Ian Toll s Six Frigates and found it extremely insightful as to how the US Navy began and impacted the early development of the United States Knowing little to nothing about the early Navy, the Barbary Wars, or why the War of 1812 even occurred, let alone what happened during the war, I took this indirect recommendation to heart and purchased it in the harbor s bookstore While it took a long t [...]

  14. Richard

    Ian Toll describes the first foreign challenges of the United States government which prompted the construction of a group of ships that would constitute the beginning of the United States Navy The book contains a wealth of details of sailing era ship construction and the excitement of early American history sea battles Toll adeptly describes the nation s early political picture, and clarifies which forces were for building a navy and which opposed it Many interesting personal stories are told, [...]

  15. Jarrod

    This is a fantastic book regarding the initial launching of the US Navy and the six frigates that were commissioned to do so If you read nothing else in this book the telling of the story of how the USS Constitution defeated the HMS Guerriere and the HMS Java is worth it It s a magnificent retelling of several events and how the US Navy was central to the development of the US in it s infancy From the early debates among several founding fathers Jefferson, Adam, Madison al to how the navy influe [...]

  16. Mark

    This book reviews revolutionary war history through the prism of the Navy, in an era when the fledgling United States led the way in the grand experiment that is democracy That s the trite bromide you d expect to read here, and if you re like me it conjures a pastel middle school history classroom, boring even than English Lit.This book however, transported me there so that for the first time, I felt the edgy fear of democracy Would America find itself to be too radical, exploding itself to bit [...]

  17. Jerome

    A very readable and well written history of the founding of the US Navy and its involvement in the quasi war with France, the Barbary Wars, and the War of 1812 Much of the story will be familiar to those who have read up on these conflicts the opposition by Jefferson and Republicans to a powerful navy, the construction of the frigates by Joshua Humphreys, and all of the relevant political and technological developments.Inevitably, Toll includes much age of sail nautical terminology that you may [...]

  18. Jeff

    Few people realize how close the United States came to not having a Navy at all Jefferson, for one, insisted that the equivalent of the Coast Guard would be perfectly adequate In the end, George Washington s administration decided to build six large frigates powerful than comparable ships in other navies one of these six being the still surviving USS Constitution now on view here in Boston.Out of the careers of these ships and their officers Ian Toll spins a fascinating and rip roaring story of [...]

  19. Simon

    It occasionally gets a bit repetitive, but only a bit, and the ending is just too abrupt That being said, Six Frigates is a fascinating look at the early naval history of the United States as filtered through these ships though mainly the Constitution, Presidentand Constellation The pro anti naval positions of the Republicans and Whigs are clearly explained Perhaps the best part of the book is the extensive coverage of the Barbary Wars, including a spectacular account of a spectacular feat the d [...]

  20. G.K.

    Totally absorbing account of America s early navy.If you thought this subject would make hard going you d be totally wrong, certainly when dealt with, with such verve This book was obviously a labour of love Toll goes into great detail but at no time did I feel bored The detail brings the era to life.The battles at sea are so vividly described you almost feel as though you are on the gun deck, which really isn t a place many of us would like to be Toll also captures the early eighteenth century [...]

  21. Jonathan

    I originally thought this was a book just about the stories of the original 6 frigates built for the fledgling US Navy, but it s much than just a gripping sea tale with plenty of swash in its buckle It also traces the development of the Navy as a whole, along with the political battles over whether or not there should be a navy at all and, if so, how was it to be organized and equipped But fear not, the narrative devotes plenty of space to those famous ship to ship duels the early US Navy was j [...]

  22. Ruchama Staples

    I thoroughly enjoyed this highly readable condensed history of the founding of the U.S Navy I know next to nothing about Naval History but was inspired to read this book after perusing a number of excellent reviews The scholarship is impeccable, and the smart writing made this an exciting read I give this book five stars because it put me there, in the midst of nail biting, edge of your seat action and intrigue It was like watching Master and Commander in my head yet, I can not, for the life of [...]

  23. Robert Sparrenberger

    This is an excellent look at the founding of the U.S Navy The revolution and the war of 1812 are explored in detail Well written with not too much nautical detail which can bog books like this down Would also recommend ships of oak, guns of iron for another look at the war of 1812.

  24. Charles

    This book was interesting to me because of the Organizational Behavior, Political, Military History and Naval Engineering that it covered.These American ships were a cheap seats solution for the early Republic s need for Force Projection A visionary strategy of building a limited number of capable, hybrid vessels was seen as an alternative to the lengthy and expensive building, manning and maintenance of a fleet of capital ships The result was somewhat successful.The book illustrates how having [...]

  25. Peter

    This book is a very easy to read, yet detailed introduction to the early political history of the United States of America as well as its early foreign relations, and who would have thought it , having knowledge of this era is very helpful in understanding America today I was encouraged as I have been after reading a biography of John Adams, several books about George Washington, and a biography of Walt Whitman to have once again confirmed that American politics has always been a horrible, non s [...]

  26. Tod Long

    A great tale of wooden ships and iron men The author does a remarkable job of tying together the back story of how the fledgling United States government came to realize that a naval force was needed to protect US merchant ships on the high seas, from both pirates and the mighty Royal Navy Not only is this the story of how it all began, but it is the story how our new navy fought and won against overwhelming odds against the larger and powerful British naval forces at the height of their power [...]

  27. Colette

    4.5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this history Toll is good at bringing the historical world to life I came to naval history the same way Toll did through the novels by Patrick O Brian This book will appeal to fans of Jack Aubrey I appreciated the historiographical nature of the introduction and epilogue This is well written, with thoughtful conclusions The only parts I didn t devour were the sections in which there was no war going on, which I probably should have expected since this is a book abo [...]

  28. Leif Erik

    Upon first glance this looks as if it could be amazingly boring navel wankery highlighting how some academic not so secretly thinks he should have been born 250 years ago with Lord Nelson as his cribmate But I trust W.W Norton editors and they came through for me This is about the politics of American defense spending circa late 18th early 19th cent If that doesn t get your blood pumping, then I can t help you There are a number of finally sketched out portraits of navel actions in the Tripolia [...]

  29. David Wilusz

    A riveting tour de force on the early history of the US Navy, with detailed descriptions of all major naval battles fought through the War of 1812 The vivid descriptions of warships exchanging broadsides are wonderfully exciting, like something out of a Patrick O Brian novel The author deftly incorporates the economic and political challenges faced by the early United States, as the government debated how to best defend the nation As someone with ties to Boston, the extraordinary exploits of the [...]

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