This is study of an event, along with a grocery list of others, that so frustrated many (but not all) early Americans, that against their better judgment were willing to make war with a country many times more powerful than themselves. The authors go into a lot of detail concerning the personalities involved and their motives, and of course the ever present hubris on both sides. We get the notes from the inevitable naval court inquiries and the subsequent fallout. So many bloody duels were fought over this event and others like it that the US Navy for a time was hard pressed to keep it's highly experienced officers from killing each other off. The authors also give a balanced analysis of each countries' motives for doing what they did that ultimately led up to the conflict, there weren't any easy solutions, thus the war. This book spawned an interest in me to read other books related to this subject, utterly fascinating.
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