In an attempt to stop the legendary Barbary Pirates of North Africa from abducting American ships, William Eaton embarked on a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. The operation was sanctioned by President Thomas Jefferson, who at the last moment distrusted “interference” in a foreign government and sent Eaton out without adequate national support. In short supply, little money and few men – Eaton and his mission seemed lost from the start. He triumphed against adversity recruited a gang of European mercenaries in Alexandria and led them on a march through the Libyan desert. In Tripoli, the motley crew of the army defeated the local troops and successfully conquered Derne. This laid the foundation for the demise of the Berber pirates. Now Richard Zacks brings this important story of America’s first overseas operation to life.