I found this to be one of the most entertaining books I have ever heard, despite the serious and very upsetting content. It's a book that would be a perfect novel, all the elements of human heroism and triumph over adversity are there. The villains are well-crafted. The resolution is nail-bitingly tense. The legal arguments are fascinating. But, it's a true story, a very recent one, and it's one everyone should be aware of. The author, and the narrator, have done a superb job of crafting this work so that educating ourselves on this modern travesty of justice is an absolute pleasure. I'm sure the story will reach that many more ears as a result.
If you are tempted by this book, please read Jefferson's War instead.
This book is an extremely detailed biography of William Eaton, and it is well-written with respect to historical detail and (presumably) accuracy, as it refers frequently to primary sources. However, it is too detailed in many ways and frustratingly lacking in providing a broader context to the events it describes. The narration is adequate, but the narrator's voice is definitely not suited to this story and several mispronunciations are grating. The author also seems intent on portraying certain characters (particularly Eaton and Bainbridge) in a certain light and ignores or downplays inconvenient facts.
The book Jefferson's War covers these same events, it starts earlier in time and describes the events more objectively and in a broader historical context. After listening to The Pirate Coast, I came across Jefferson's War and bought it to fill in the frustrating blanks left in my sense of this historical period. It did so very capably.
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