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From the Publisher
In a marble crypt in Annapolis, Maryland, at the U.S. Naval Academy
Chapel, lies an American hero. In death, as in life, John Paul
Jones commands the deepest affection of his fellow countrymen.
Veteran children''s writer Michael Cooper takes a fresh look at one
of the most colorful characters of the Revolutionary War period.
The war is viewed from Jones''s perspective and the reader lives
out all the uncertainties, the risks, and the dangers faced by
Jones with each dramatic battle at sea.
A Scots immigrant, John Paul Jones arrived in America on the eve of
the War for Independence, and went on to serve in the Continental
Navy. The arc of his exciting life''s narrative would lead him to
deliver the sting of war to the British people.
We follow Jones''s seaborne odyssey until his fate is forged in the
biggest naval battle of the American Revolution. Jones and his crew
aboard the Bonhomme Richard engage the Royal Navy''s
Serapis and vanquish the world''s greatest sea power. The
name of John Paul Jones is thereafter etched into the imagination
of generations of American schoolboys. Now, Hero of the High
Seas gives our generation an original, accurate, and objective
historical reference point for one of our country''s earliest naval
In Jones we meet a determined, commanding man who demanded
perfection and constantly strove for improvement. Although he
remained a well-respected inspirational figure to his men, Jones''s
fiery temper also led him into several clashes with authority.
Michael Cooper tells the story of this hero of the high seas with
an invigorating realism and eye for detail.
This historical biography is generously illustrated with period
artwork, and photographs of historical artifacts. Fine National
Geographic cartography traces the voyages and ports of call of this
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