John Paul Jones

Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy
Author(s): Evan Thomas
Original Publish Date: Sep 01, 2003
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (13.43 hours)
Product Number: Z10004325
Released: Sep 01, 2003
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400121045
Narrator/s: Dan Cashman
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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John Paul Jones, at sea and in the heat of battle, was the great American hero of the Age of Sail. He was to history what Patrick O'Brian's Jack Aubrey and C. S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower are to fiction. Ruthless, indomitable, clever; he vowed to sail, as he put it, "in harm's way." John Paul Jones is more than a great sea story. Jones is a character for the ages. John Adams called him the "most ambitious and intriguing officer in the American Navy." The renewed interest in the Founding Fathers reminds us of the great men who made this country, but John Paul Jones teaches us that it took fighters as well as thinkers, men driven by dreams of personal glory as well as high-minded principle to break free of the past and start a new world. Jones's spirit was classically American. Evan Thomas brings his skills as a biographer to this complex, protean figure whose life and rise are both thrilling as a tale of dauntless courage and revealing about the birth of a nation. "Superlative... Both Jones and his latest biographer can justly be praised as masters of their respective crafts" Publishers Weekly "Evan Thomas captures all the incongruities, vanities, blazing ambition, and phenomenal courage of his subject" David McCullough, author of John Adams

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Author(s): Evan Thomas
Product Number EB00578603
Released: Sep 29, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: #9781451603996

Professional reviews

"The hero buried beneath the chapel at the American Naval Academy was a study in contradictions. Selfless in battle, he was notably self-regarding in society. John Adams called him "leprous with vanity." Jones fought brilliantly to create a new world yet so yearned to please the aristocracy of the old one that he returned Lady Selkirk's silver plate after having risked his life to capture it on a raid on the coast of Scotland. Dan Cashman's voice is a fine, clear instrument, but his performance is marred by its ambition. The light brogue with which he italicizes Jones's own words is welcome. His attempt to affect a different accent for every character--French/Russian, man/woman, young/old--is markedly less successful. B.H.C. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"