Decatur's Bold and Daring Act - The Philadelphia in Tripoli 1804 Paperback – Jul 19 2011
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"Even if you’ve researched the life and times of this American hero, this book will bring the story to life with its accurate illustrations and diagrams of the battle and the players." -www.marsec4.com
"[The raid] reads like a movie and author Mark Lardas has done a superlative job of telling the tale. This is all enhanced by superb artwork, both modern and period to help drive home how truly fortunate Decatur was during the raid. It makes for a gripping tale that I am sure everyone who starts to read the book will find so engrossing as to be difficult to put down." - Scott Van Aken, Modelling Madness
About the Author
Mark Lardas holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, but spent his early career at the Johnson Space Center doing Space Shuttle structural analysis, and space navigation. An amateur historian and a long-time ship modeller, Mark Lardas is currently working in League City, Texas. He has written extensively about modelling as well as naval, maritime, and military history.
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The Contents are -
P15: Initial Strategy
P23: The Plan
P33: The Raid
.The Storm; return and Approach; Boarding and the Fight for the Deck; The Incendiary Parties; Tripolitan Reaction; Withdrawal
P74: Further Reading
The Colour Plates
P08: Map - The Mediterranean with inset map of Tripoli
P29: Colour Plate - U.S. Navy Boarders. This shows three figures, heavily armed, with a display of equipment laid out in front of them.
P40-41: 2-page ¾ birds-eye-view - Taking the Philadelphia, February 16 1804. This is an elevated view of the harbour and the ships, either pained or computer generated, looking towards the land.
P44-45: 2-page colour plate - an elevated view of the Americans swarming on to the deck of the Philadelphia; scores of figures are depicted, in a style reminiscent of a contemporary engraving from the period.
P54-55: 2-page ¾ birds-eye-view - Intrepid Escape. This is an elevated view of the harbour and the ships, either pained or computer generated, looking towards the sea.
I found the book to well written and research. The book take you step by step as the plan unfolded and how it went down. The maps were very helpful and illustrations were quite good. The book make it clear that while the plan unfolded and executed with perfection, the risks were high and chances of disaster loom large. But courage, well laid plan and luck made the operation looked easy although the issue remains in doubt until the very last second of execution.
It was a bold act and even Admiral Horatio Nelson praised the operation. If Decatur was an English officer, there would be a knighthood for him. The book does justice to the operation and it should be mandatory reading for anyone, who have a high level of interest in naval operation of this time period. A "cutting out" operation told in great detail and flair, it almost read like a Hornblower, Bolitho or Aubrey novel!! The book come highly recommended.