Item description for John Paul Jones America's Sailor (Founders of the Republic) by Bruce L. Brager...
Overview Describes the life and career of the father of the American Navy.
From The Book Jacket John Paul Jones died in Paris at the age of forty-five, thousands of miles away from the country he helped to found, bitter and sad that he had not fulfilled his dream of becoming famous. Still, he had lived an exceptional life. Born John Paul in 1747, the son of a gardener on a vast Scottish estate, he went to sea at age thirteen on a merchant ship and quickly rose through the ranks. Skilled and hardworking, he also had a fiery temper. When a fight left a sailor dead, John Paul changed his name and fled to America.Jones rallied to the American cause at the outbreak of the Revolution. After years of frustration at not receiving a naval command that would earn him the glory he so desired, he was finally given command of the Bonhomme Richard. The naval battle he engaged in with the British ship Serapis in September 1779 would eventually earn him a place in the history books. The years after the war were not good to Jones, who had a talent for making powerful enemies. He traveled to Europe, where he was made a rear admiral in Catherine the Great's Russian navy, then returned to France where he died. It was not until 1905 that the remains of the man we know as the Father of the American Navy were brought back to the United States. Today he is buried in a crypt beneath the chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where a marine honor guard stands watch over his remains.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.62" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Binding Library Binding
Release Date Mar 30, 2006
Publisher Morgan Reynolds Publishing
ISBN 1931798842 ISBN13 9781931798846
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More About Bruce L. Brager
Brager has worked for many years as both a staff and a freelance writer-editor, specializing in history, political science, foreign policy, energy, and defense and military topics.
Bruce L. Brager currently resides in Arlington, in the state of Virginia. Bruce L. Brager was born in 1949.