They all remembered the Falklands War, and they were not about to have any Argentine as Pope. Barak Hussein Obama was the first Muslim President of the United States. Man, Commodore Stephen Decatur, what a piece of work. What James Tertius de Kay should I read next? Stephen Decatur was one of the most awe-inspiring officers of the entire Age of Fighting Sail. All sort of great details and gems! De Kay describes the values upon which the U.
Now he is one of my favorite Americans. Decatur fought daringly against Barbary pirates, even torching a captured U. This lead to the quintessential Decatur moment: having forced the bashaw of Algiers to surrender, his single ship ran into a group of 7 Algerian ships. If they desert you, seize them and put them to death wherever you find them. While he was ambassador to France, Thomas Jefferson was frankly told that the Muslim creed commands them to make war upon all unbelievers: In May 1786, Thomas Jefferson, then the U. The Assassins: The Story of Medieval Islam's Secret Sect.
His swashbuckling and derring-do would be the envy of Robert Louis Stevenson protagonists. More importantly for general readers, naval jargon of the era is minimized; thus they do not become lost somewhere between the gudgeons and the mainsail clewlines. Rejecting the Holy Trinity is their shortest route to Hades. Steven Decatur was a great man and we only have a short space for him in this book. He was 45 years old.
Here are just 3 quotes from the Koran that justifies killing those who do not convert to Islam: Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given as believe neither in God nor the Last Day, who do not forbid what God and His apostle have forbidden, and do not embrace the true Faith, until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued. Trapped in New London by a British blockade in 1813, he shifted his flag to the large frigate President in 1814. Sultan Sidi Muhammad 1710 — 1790. A real-life American naval hero in the early nineteenth century, he led an astonishing life, and his remarkable acts of courage in combat made him one of the most celebrated figures of his era. His name still echoes in those of some forty-five towns, five warships, and numerous other pieces of Americana.
His death left official Washington in such shock that his funeral became a state occasion, attended by friends who included former President James Madison, current President James Monroe, Chief Justice John Marshall, and ten thousand more. Mr de Kay thought that Steven Decatur might have been dyslexic --back then you just didn't over come it or you did and just figured it out! Beset by a British squadron shortly thereafter, Decatur surrendered the largest American warship lost during the War of 1812. Although fraught with abuse and forgery, the system worked reasonably well. Aside from all that douchbaggery, the author does a great job sticking to the facts, not that Decatur's life needs embellishing to be exciting, dude blew up a ship, in costume, in an enemy port. Exonerated by a court of inquiry, he proceeded to regain his lost honor by leading a squadron to thrash soundly the Barbary corsairs in 1815. Steven Decatur was a great man and we only have a short space for him in this book.
Pope at last, March 13, 2013. He leapt from his ship to battl I knew virtually nothing about Stephen Decatur when I picked up this book. This ship cost is paid to the sailors as money. This is a biography of Stephen Decatur. Later as the advance echelon of a much larger fleet to the Mediterranean sent to punish three of the North African pirate states, He managed to pacify and force the surrender of all three states before the main fleet even arrived six weeks later.
His part in the burning of the frigate Philadelphia at Tripoli in 1804 made him the darling of the nation. Stephen Decatur 1779-1820 was challenged to a duel and died at the young age of 41. London, Victory in Tripoli, pp. In the summer of 1814 a squadron of Royal Navy ships attacked the tiny Connecticut seaport of Stonington, and declared its intention of destroying the town. His renown forced him to a desk job promotion being the curse of the great soldiers and sailors for all time , and he ran the Board of the Navy.
Thomas Barclay 1728-1793 Consul in France, Diplomat in Barbary. Only a handful of Americans since his time have ever come close to matching his extraordinary glamour and brilliance. Drawing on material unavailable to previous biographers, he traces the origins of Decatur's fierce patriotism My country. By the summer of 1785, the media exaggerations subsided as hard facts emerged. When the 13 colonies were part of Great Britain, their sizable merchant fleet fell under the protection of the Royal Navy, and therefore were immune from attack by Barbary Muslim pirates.