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A rage for glory : the life of Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN, James Tertius de Kay

Label
A rage for glory : the life of Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN
Title
A rage for glory
Title remainder
the life of Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN
Statement of responsibility
James Tertius de Kay
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Stephen Decatur was one of the most awe-inspiring officers of the entire Age of Fighting Sail. A real-life American naval hero in the early nineteenth century, he led an astonishing life, and his remarkable acts of courage in combat made him one of the most celebrated figures of his era." "Decatur's dazzling exploits in the Barbary Wars propelled him to national prominence at the age of twenty-five. His dramatic capture of HMS Macedonian in the War of 1812, and his subsequent naval and diplomatic triumphs in the Mediterranean, secured his permanent place in the hearts of his countrymen. Handsome, dashing, and fearless, his crews worshipped him, presidents lionized him, and an adoring public heaped fresh honors on him with each new achievement." "James Tertius de Kay is one of our foremost naval historians. In A Rage for Glory, the first new biography of Decatur in almost seventy years, he recounts Decatur's life in vivid colors. Drawing on material unavailable to previous biographers, he traces the origins of Decatur's fierce patriotism (My country ... right or wrong!"), chronicles Decatur's passionate love affair with Susan Wheeler, and provides new details of Decatur's tragic death in a senseless duel of honor, secretly instigated by the backroom machinations of jealous fellow officers determined to ruin him. His death left official Washington in such shock that his funeral became a state occasion, attended by friends who included former President James Madison, current President James Monroe, Chief Justice John Marshall, and ten thousand more." "Decatur's short but crowded life was an astonishing epic of hubris, romance, and high achievement. Only a handful of Americans since his time have ever come close to matching his extraordinary glamour and brilliance."--Jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
De Kay, James T
Dewey number
  • 359/.0092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E353.1.D29
LC item number
D15 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Admirals
  • Decatur, Stephen
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
A rage for glory : the life of Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN, James Tertius de Kay
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-219) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chapter 1: Washington city -- Chapter 2: Philadelphia -- Chapter 3: Mr. Midshipman Decatur -- Chapter 4: Honor -- Chapter 5: Glory -- Chapter 6: Legend -- Chapter 7: Susan -- Chapter 8: The Leopard-Chesapeake affair -- Chapter 9: Court-martial -- Chapter 10: Atlantic tensions -- Chapter 11: 29 degrees N x 29 degrees 30'W -- Chapter 12: Of equal force -- Chapter 13: Gales Ferry -- Chapter 14: USS President and HMS Endymion -- Chapter 15: "Dove Mi Piace!" -- Chapter 16: The Navy board -- Chapter 17: Barron returns -- Chapter 18: The challenge -- Chapter 19: Bladensburg -- Chapter 20: Afterwards
Control code
52493523
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780743242455
Lccn
2003049248
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
A rage for glory : the life of Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN, James Tertius de Kay
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-219) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chapter 1: Washington city -- Chapter 2: Philadelphia -- Chapter 3: Mr. Midshipman Decatur -- Chapter 4: Honor -- Chapter 5: Glory -- Chapter 6: Legend -- Chapter 7: Susan -- Chapter 8: The Leopard-Chesapeake affair -- Chapter 9: Court-martial -- Chapter 10: Atlantic tensions -- Chapter 11: 29 degrees N x 29 degrees 30'W -- Chapter 12: Of equal force -- Chapter 13: Gales Ferry -- Chapter 14: USS President and HMS Endymion -- Chapter 15: "Dove Mi Piace!" -- Chapter 16: The Navy board -- Chapter 17: Barron returns -- Chapter 18: The challenge -- Chapter 19: Bladensburg -- Chapter 20: Afterwards
Control code
52493523
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780743242455
Lccn
2003049248
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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