Chock full of early american history. Story follows William Eaton, who was trying to pull off some clandestine action in Tripoli on the behalf o the US president. What did I learn? US Marines were a new order and not highly paid or thought of at that time. Most naval officers were teenagers while the naval crews were the old seadogs that did the work and knew what was what. Pres T. Jefferson preferred to dress laid-back instead of as a poofster in his later years. Aaron Burr killed Hamilton in a duel and tried to set up his own empire in what is modern-day central US. He was tried and set loose.
Feel free to snicker. Product of public school system.