Book #6: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History, Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger: The “Shores of Tripoli” are an oft repeated but little remembered reference in the U.S. Marine’s Hymn. With ships and trade threatened by the Barbary pirates. The leaders of the young American nation were faced with a decision of whether to pay tribute or face the 4 barbary nations that threatening U.S. interests. As a departure from Washington and Adams foreign policy, Thomas Jefferson decided to face the barbary pirates with military force. This is the story of the first official military conflict of the young American nation. It is a fascinating description of the naval and land conflict that secured U.S. interests with the barbary nations and helped establish America as a respected nation.