“Jim might just be the most respected scholar on the Barbary War period and University of Virginia must be proud to have him; his kindness and insight were truly needed and appreciated.”
–From Brian Kilmeade’s acknowledgement to Dr. James Sofka in his new book “Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History”
In the first of a series of interviews on Brian Kilmeade’s new book, “Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History”, Jefferson scholar and noted expert on the Barbary War, Dr. James Sofka, joined Kilmeade & Friends to explain the parallels between the issues Thomas Jefferson dealt with to what is happening in the war on terror today.
Dr. Sofka spoke in detail about the difference in opinion between Adams & Jefferson on how to deal with the Barbary pirates. Adams wanted to pay off the pirates while Jefferson wanted to build a navy to go after the pirates. Plus, Brian & Sofka spoke about how Jefferson dealing with the Barbary pirates helped lay the groundwork for the Navy’s key role in winning the War of 1812.