In a marble crypt in Annapolis, Maryland, at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, lies an American hero. In death, as in life, John Paul Jones commands the deepest affection of his fellow countrymen. Veteran children's writer Michael Cooper tells the story of this hero of the high seas with an invigorating realism and eye for detail. This historical biography is generously illustrated with period artwork, and photographs of historical artifacts. Fine National Geographic cartography traces Jones' voyages and ports of call.
A Scots immigrant, John Paul Jones arrived in America on the eve of the War for Independence, and served in the Continental Navy. We follow his seaborne odyssey until his fate is forged in the biggest naval battle of the American Revolution. Jones and his crew aboard the Bonhomme Richard engage the Royal Navy's Serapis and vanquish the world's greatest sea power. Although he remained a well-respected inspirational figure to his men, Jones's fiery temper also led him into several clashes with authority.
Hero of the High Seas gives an original, accurate, and objective historical reference point for one of our country's earliest naval heroes. In Jones we meet a determined, commanding man who demanded perfection and constantly strove for improvement.
Michael Cooper is the award-winning author of numerous nonfiction titles for young readers. Cooper's book Dust to Eat: Drought and Depression in the 1930s, won the 2004 Golden Kite Award. He lives in Washington, D.C., and regularly speaks to schoolchildren about American history.