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The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Candice Millard

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Title:The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
Authors:Candice Millard
Info:Doubleday (2005), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 432 pages
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The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard (2005)

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Enjoyable tale of adventure. More about Cândido Rondon than it is about Theodore Roosevelt (Jr.) but Rondon is an interesting character.

NPR episode about the book: Tracing Roosevelt's Path Down the 'River of Doubt

Unabridged audiobook:
Reader does slight accents when quoting characters.
  rakerman | Feb 6, 2017 |
I SO wanted to read this. It was just tedious to read. ( )
  LASMIT | Jan 29, 2017 |
About the journey to discover the headwaters of the River of Doubt in the Brazilian rainforest. Very difficult journey and TR nearly died. ( )
  ShadowBarbara | Jan 27, 2017 |
A great adventure story that also reveals much about Roosevelt's character. What made him heroic and what made him a flawed human. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
Millard paints Roosevelt's biography in broad strokes, reviewing his fragile health as a child, the loss of his mother and wife in the same 24 hours (Valentine's Day of all days), and his need to push his physical limits when faced with tragedies or failures. It is this need that sets the stage for Millard's true focus: Roosevelt's South American expedition to an uncharted tributary of the Amazon. He refused to go where everyone else had trod and yet, he expected the excursion to be ho-hum and without incident. Silly man. Millard's account of the expedition has it all, excitement, adventure, violence, death and madness. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jan 3, 2017 |
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"The River of Doubt" spins these events into a rich, dramatic tale that ranges from the personal to the literally earth-shaking... "Ms. Millard succeeds in taking a broad, humbling view of one man's place in the natural scheme of things. She juxtaposes Roosevelt's larger-than-life persona with the rules of the jungle."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0767913736, Paperback)

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.

After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.

Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.

From the soaring beauty of the Amazon rain forest to the darkest night of Theodore Roosevelt’s life, here is Candice Millard’s dazzling debut.

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Chronicles the 1914 expedition of Theodore Roosevelt into the unexplored heart of the Amazon basin to explore and map the region surrounding a tributary called the River of Doubt, detailing the perilous conditions they faced.

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