From the decision to build six heavy frigates, through the cliffhanger campaign against Tripoli to the war that shook the world in 1812, Toll tells this grand tale with the political insight of "Founding Brothers" and a narrative flair worthy of Patrick O'Brian.
Written by Drew from Taylors, SC
on June 5th, 2010
Book Rating: 5/5
A surprisingly enjoyable book about the beginning of the U.S. Navy. From the politics behind the formation, to the craft behind building the six frigates, and the battles they fought in, this book is thorough enough for those wanting to know more, but it doesn't get locked into depths of detail that bore the listener.
The stories of Old Ironside and the battles against Tripoli alone make this book worth a listen. For someone who didn't have a large interest in naval history, it helped create that interest. Well done.
Ian W. Toll has been a Wall Street analyst, a Federal Reserve financial analyst, and a political aide and speechwriter. "Six Frigates" is his first audiobook. He lives with his wife and two-year-old son in San Francisco.