The William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium honors fiction and non-fiction writers for stories in military history and intelligence operations. The 2007 awardees were Jon Glusman for "Conduct under Fire" and Ian Toll for his epic "Six frigates : the epic history of the founding of the U.S. Navy."
Find at the CARL: Six Frigates
Six Frigates - Book description excerpt: "Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military had become the most divisive issue facing the new government. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect American commerce against the Mediterranean pirates, or drain the treasury and provoke hostilities with the great powers? The founders—particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams—debated these questions fiercely and switched sides more than once. How much of a navy would suffice? Britain alone had hundreds of powerful warships.From the decision to build six heavy frigates, through the cliffhanger campaign against Tripoli, to the war that shook the world in 1812, Ian W. Toll tells this grand tale with the political insight of Founding Brothers and a narrative flair worthy of Patrick O'Brian. "
Related Podcast: Pritzker Military Library Podcast from May 2007 - interview with author Ian Toll on his new book "Six Frigates"