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Decatur's Bold and Daring Act - The Philadelphia in Tripoli 1804 Paperback – Jul 19 2011

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (July 19 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849083746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849083744
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 0.7 x 25 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #753,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa5f5c1ec) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5f66ec4) out of 5 stars A fairly small action described in detail Jan. 24 2012
By Squirr-El - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The USS Philadelphia had run aground on an uncharted sandbank in Tripoli harbour while chasing Arab shipping. It had been forced to surrender, and the US fleet needed to destroy her before the Tripolitanians could refloat her and put it to use, as it was the second-largest vessel in the US Navy. The action itself was a short affair, but is described in detail here. If it is a subject you are interested in then it will be a very interesting book, but in general terms, despite the author being an excellent writer, it will be of little interest to the general reader. For Osprey collectors or descendants of the participants only, I think.

The Contents are -
P04: Introduction
P07: Origins
P15: Initial Strategy
P23: The Plan
.Preble's Boys
P33: The Raid
.The Storm; return and Approach; Boarding and the Fight for the Deck; The Incendiary Parties; Tripolitan Reaction; Withdrawal
P60: Aftermath
P64: Analysis
P71: Conclusions
P74: Further Reading
P77: Glossary
P80: Index

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5f692e8) out of 5 stars Detail study of the Philadelphia Raid April 4 2012
By lordhoot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Barbary Wars, our first conflict with the Muslim world is the subject of this book. The book is a detail study of the US Navy's effort to destroy the captured US frigate, USS Philadelphia from her captors, the Muslim city port of Tripoli in 1804. The book goes into great length to describe how the frigate was lost and US Navy's decision to denied her use by Barbary pirates of Tripoli since the frigate was one of the most powerful warships in US Navy's roster of ships at that time.

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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5f69360) out of 5 stars America's first scrape with the Muslim world Nov. 7 2013
By Phil Historian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Many of us are aware of the bitter conflict between America and the Arab world. however,it is likely only history and naval studiers are aware of the 1801-1805 First Barbary war fought between the United States and the Barbary pirates of Ottoman Tripoli. one battle of that war was the 1804 attack on Philadelphia which was hijacked by pirates in Tripoli Harbor and attacked by Stephen Decatur. a very good Osprey read indeed.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5f696d8) out of 5 stars Great reporting on this historical event Nov. 27 2012
By Gary F. Kemp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoyed reading this book. My great-great-grandfather was one of the sailors captured from the USS Philadelphia. I have always been interested in this time and the beginning of United States Marines. This helped answer all my questions.
HASH(0xa5f69708) out of 5 stars Five Stars Oct. 24 2014
By Zachary A Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A quick read and well worth it. An exciting story about some of our Naval heroes.