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I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight: A Life of John Paul Jones

MacKay, James A.

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ISBN 10: 0871137569 / ISBN 13: 9780871137562
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, 1999
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Title: I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight: A Life of ...

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

Publication Date: 1999

Book Condition: Good

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John Paul Jones, founder of the United States navy and the hero of the Revolutionary War, is one of the most romanticized and controversial figures in American history. His extraordinary life has been the subject of novels by some of the world's greatest writers, including Melville, Kipling, Dumas, and Thackery. Now, world-renowned biographer James Mackay, author of William Wallace: Brave Heart and Michael Collins: A Life, takes on the myths and delivers the true story of the man who bedeviled the British with his audacious coastal raids and brilliant tactical maneuvers.

In a gripping, dramatic narrative, Mackay traces the story of Jones's life from his obscure youth in Scotland, to his celebrated exploits as one of the first captains in the American navy, to his ill-fated service in the Russian fleet under Catherine the Great. Mackay brings to life the indomitable will of a man whose refusal to surrender brought glory on the seas, yet whose legendary arrogance betrayed him in intrigues (both political and romantic) that prevented him from achieving the admiral rank and command he coveted and led to his premature death, destitute and alone in Paris.

I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight is the stirring portrait of a complex and fascinating man - and arguably the greatest commander ever to sail the seas.

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Dr James Mackay is an award-winning author and historian, and is widely regarded as the world's greatest authority on the life and works of Robert Burns. As well as his definitive biography, Burns, winner of the Saltire Award for Scottish Book of the Year, he has published accounts of the lives of the great Scottish patriot William Wallace and the Irish statesman Michael Collins. He is also the author of biographies of the celebrated detective Allan Pinkerton (The Eye Who Never Slept), the poet Robert Service (Vagabond of Verse), Alexander Graham Bell (Sounds Out of Silence), Andrew Carnegie (Little Boss) and Thomas Lipton (The Man Who Invented Himself).

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