BARBARY GENERAL: The Life of William H. Eaton by Samuel Edwards

BARBARY GENERAL: The Life of William H. Eaton

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Born in 1764, graduated from Dartmouth, married in mutual enmity to an aging widow, Eaton made himself into an international hero--though never a real general. After fighting Indians, spy-catching and money-making in Georgia, Eaton wangled a consular post at Tunis and conducted a highly irregular military campaign as the climax of the U.S.'s first formal war--against the Tripolitanians. With an under-financed band of rogues, mercenaries and dissident Arabs, the ""General"" succeeded in throwing out a despot and installing a puppet, thanks to the ambition, command of Arabic, and diplomatic acumen which reinforced his military imagination. This is the first twentieth-century biography of Eaton (in 1813 an anonymous one appeared, probably written by Eaton himself). It is a slight, agreeable historical footnote, with a style to suit its lively subject, and it provides some insight into the period when America was quickly reaching world-power status--and Americans were still Rugged Individualists.

Pub Date: Feb. 16th, 1967
Publisher: Prentice-Hall