Jane H. said on Dec. 4, 2014 at 3:55 p.m. John Adams, not Jefferson, was the president most directly associated with tactics regarding the Barbary Pirates. Adams signed the Treaty of Tripoli, and it was approved in 1707. The treaty stated that the U. S. was not a Christian nation and, as such, it had "no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen (Muslims)." The treaty promised ongoing peace: "no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries."
Jane H. said on Dec. 4, 2014 at 3:53 p.m. Minutaglio is one of UT's greats--indeed, one of the nation's greats. His book on Dallas blues is a revelation indeed. He walked the sidewalks and captured the speech vividly. I'm certain his book on JFK is a continuation of his consistently high quality of observations and insights.