Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History

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subject_facetJefferson, Thomas, -- 1743-1826
Pirates -- Africa, North -- History -- 19th century
Pirates -- Mediterranean Region -- History -- 19th century
United States -- History -- Tripolitan War, 1801-1805
title_displayThomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates : the forgotten war that changed American history
title_fullThomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates The Forgotten War That Changed American History
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates : the forgotten war that changed American history / Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
title_shortThomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates
title_subThe Forgotten War That Changed American History
topic_facetBiography & Autobiography
History
Jefferson, Thomas
Military
Nonfiction
Pirates