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While Tripoli is opening to the west, the conflict between America and the Libyan capital date back some 200 years. Several new and upcoming books look at the exploits of the American Marine Corp in their role in the wars with the Barbary States at the beginning of the 19th century.
A.B.C. Whipple’s epic tome “To the Shores of Tripoli: The Birth of the U.S. Navy and Marines (Bluejacket Books),” looks at the actual battle in detail and covers the development of the naval and marine forces in the US military. Joshua E. London covers similar ground with his book “Victory in Tripoli: How America’s War with the Barbary Pirates Establish the U.S. Navy and Shaped at Nation,” and discusses how the two branches have had to rely on each other ever since.
Richard Zacks looks at the developments that lead to the wars including the situation of the Barbary States and the city of Tripoli as it was at the beginning of the 19
century, with his book “The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805.” And David Smethurst looks at the situation in the current world with those of 200 years ago in his upcoming book “Tripoli: The United States’ First War on Terror,” which looks at how the city has had a long history of state-sponsored terror, and how 1986 was not the first time that American bombs fell on this far away city.