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978-0-7432-5804-3 / 9780743258043

John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy

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Publisher:Simon & Schuster

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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Evan Thomass John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy grounds itself on the facts of Joness life and accomplishments to bolster his place among the pantheon of Revolutionary heroes while also working to deflate the myths that have circulated about his name. Jones, we learn, was confronted throughout his life with controversy and was crippled by ambition. But Thomas lauds Jones for early innovations as an American self-made man who rose from Scottish servitude.

Jones, despite his too brisk manner, was a true success, if not genius, as a naval captain. Early in the Revolutionary War, he captured a shipload of winter uniforms destined for General Burgoynes army in Canada, which instead warmed General Washingtons troops as they swept across the Delaware to defeat British at Princeton and Trenton. Later, Jones helped formulate the Navys plan of psychological warfare on British citizens. And Joness strategy to cut off the British fleet via the French Navy was arguably the most decisive strategic decision of the War.

In the end, Thomas makes a good case for a renewed appreciated for Joness role in the broader revolution, citing his many connections to the Founding Fathers and his contributions to the broader war effort. While it may be that the John Paul Jones who proclaimed "I have not yet begun to fight" never existed, the real man behind the textbook legend is every bit as compelling a figure in Thomass hands. This temperate biography situates Jones in what will likely prove durable fashion among portraits of Adams, Franklin, Washington, and Jefferson. --Patrick O'Kelley

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