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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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Certainly a story about Teddy Roosevelt I knew nothing about--his post-presidency expedition to explore an unmapped portion of the Amazon rain forest. The journey no doubt played a role in shortening his life. The author tells it straight, not enhancing the drama as much of the story is dramatic enough in itself.

T.R. is a president about whom I carry mixed feelings, but he truly shines here. ( )
  kvrfan | Aug 19, 2016 |
Remarkable attempt by the ex-president to explore an unknown Amazon River tributary. The ill-prepared expedition reminds me of Scott's ill-fated attempt to conquer the South Pole. Fortunately, the co-leader of the expedition is part Indian and is the glue that holds the expedition together. TR's son Kermit is also on the expedition. ( )
  jerry-book | Jul 30, 2016 |
Exciting and interesting. I read it because my dad did. I've not read enough other similar books to judge it objectively or say anything really, but I did really like it. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Excellent reading; highly suspenseful. ( )
  Jerry_Sonenblick | Feb 25, 2016 |
This book is called a biography (918.113] and tells of the later life of Theodore Roosevelt after he lost his last try for the presidency but for me it was more a story of the rain forest and an adventure. Roosevelt decides to go on an exploration in South America Amazon. Once there, plans change and instead of taking a known route the expedition decides to go down an uncharted tributary of the Amazon called The Rio da Dúvida. No one on the expedition was prepared for the environment they entered. They did not know the rain forest or how to survive the rain forest and this was all in the early 1900s when there were no phones, no planes and no way to stay in communication with people once they entered this uncharted area. Roosevelt was in his fifties and not in the best of health for such a challenge to endurance. The author, Candice Millard, makes this an enjoyable read that pulls you along like the rapids that the men encounter over and over on the Dúvida. This book covers the natural history of the rain forest flora and fauna and the ecosystem. It also introduces the culture of the indiginous people found living in the rain forest. So this book is natural history, a travel book, an adventure and a biography. ( )
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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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