Decatur's marvelous exploits within the Barbary Wars propelled him to nationwide prominence on the age of twenty-five. His dramatic seize of HMS Macedonian within the conflict of 1812, and his next naval and diplomatic triumphs within the Mediterranean, secured his everlasting position within the hearts of his countrymen. good-looking, speeding, and fearless, his crews worshipped him, presidents lionized him, and an adoring public heaped clean honors on him with each one new achievement.
James Tertius de Kay is one in all our premier naval historians. In A Rage for Glory, the 1st new biography of Decatur in virtually seventy years, he recounts Decatur's existence in bright shades. Drawing on fabric unavailable to past biographers, he strains the origins of Decatur's fierce patriotism ("My country...right or wrong!"), chronicles Decatur's passionate love affair with Susan Wheeler, and gives new info of Decatur's tragic loss of life in a mindless duel of honor, secretly instigated through the backroom machinations of jealous fellow officials made up our minds to spoil him. His demise left respectable Washington in such surprise that his funeral turned a nation party, attended by way of neighbors who integrated former President James Madison, present President James Monroe, leader Justice John Marshall, and 10000 extra.
Decatur's brief yet crowded existence used to be an impressive epic of hubris, romance, and excessive success. just a handful of usa citizens when you consider that his time have ever come with regards to matching his impressive glamour and brilliance.
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