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Undaunted Courage (1996)

by Stephen E. Ambrose

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Biography & Autobiography. History. Nonfiction. HTML:From the New York Times bestselling author of Band of Brothers and D-Day, the definitive book on Lewis and Clark's exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, the most momentous expedition in American history and one of the great adventure stories of all time.
In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and back. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, made the first map of the trans-Mississippi West, provided invaluable scientific data on the flora and fauna of the Louisiana Purchase territory, and established the American claim to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information about weather, terrain, and medical knowledge at the time to provide a vivid backdrop for the expedition. Lewis is supported by a rich variety of colorful characters, first of all Jefferson himself, whose interest in exploring and acquiring the American West went back thirty years. Next comes Clark, a rugged frontiersman whose love for Lewis matched Jefferson's. There are numerous Indian chiefs, and Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition, along with the French-Indian hunter Drouillard, the great naturalists of Philadelphia, the French and Spanish fur traders of St. Louis, John Quincy Adams, and many more leading political, scientific, and military figures of the turn of the century.

High adventure, high politics, suspense, drama, and diplomacy combine with high romance and personal tragedy to make this outstanding work of scholarship as readable as a novel.
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Probably 3.5 stars. I am too familiar with the story of Lewis and Clark, having grown up in their path in Montana. This is an excellent recounting of their trip as far as path of travel and thoughts from their journals, as well as Jefferson's input on the trip and financing of it. It shows its age with its casual treatment of racism and misogyny, and frankly anything glorifying colonization and forcing Native Americans off their land needs a rewrite. All that said, the bad parts weren't as pervasive as I thought they might be at the start, and this is factual for its time. ( )
  KallieGrace | May 8, 2024 |
Lewis & Clark expedition; good but slow read
  derailer | Jan 25, 2024 |
In 1803 President Jefferson tasked Meriwether Lewis with the planning and execution of an expedition to explore the newly-purchased "Louisiana" territory with the goal of discovering an all-water route from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis brought aboard his good friend William Clark as co-Captain, and the two led the Corps of Discovery on a 2-year journey across harsh and unfamiliar terrain and through tribal lands that no person of European ancestry had ever before encountered.

Possibly the most comprehensively researched and accessible narrative of the expedition, this book is chock full from start to finish of fascinating insights into the expedition, geography, native cultures, logistics, flora & fauna, politics of the time, members' personalities, and expectations; as well as challenges related to all of the above. That said, some terminology used and comments by the author haven't exactly aged well, beginning with the statement, "Every American everywhere has benefitted from Jefferson's purchase of Louisiana and his setting in motion the Lewis and Clark Expedition," which reads at best tone-deaf today. Ambrose also comments with doubt about whether Jefferson had relations with his enslaved workforce, which has since been proven genetically. If you can turn a blind eye to these details, as well as get past just how starry-eyed the author is regarding Lewis, this is a very enjoyable and educational read. ( )
  ryner | Jan 17, 2024 |
Whew!! this was on my bookshelf for years and it's finally read. great adventure and history. ( )
  RachelGMB | Dec 27, 2023 |
Audiobook. ( )
  kylecarroll | Dec 25, 2023 |
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- conveyed with passionate enthusiasm by Mr. Ambrose and sprinkled liberally with some of the most famous and vivid passages from the travelers' journals.
 

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Ambrose, Stephen E.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, CotterNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whitener, BarrettNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Of courage undaunted, possessing a firmness & perseverance of purpose which nothing but impossibilities could divert from it's [sic] direction, careful as a father of those committed to his charge, yet steady in the maintenance of order & discipline, intimate with the Indian character, customs & principles, habituated to the hunting life, guarded by exact observation of the vegetables & animals of his own country, against losing tine in the description of objects already possessed, honest, disinterested, liberal, of sound understanding and a fidelity to truth so scrupulous that whatever he should report would be as certain as if seen by ourselves, with all these qualifications as if selected and implanted by nature in one body, for this express purpose, I could have no hesitation in confiding the enterprise to him."

    
—Thomas Jefferson

      
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From the west-facing window of the room in which Meriwether Lewis was born on August 8, 1774, one could look out at Rockfish Gap, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, an opening to the West that invited exploration.
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ISBNs 0671574434 and 0743508084: abridged audiobook read by Cotter Smith. Do not combine the abridged audiobook with the book since they are not the same work.
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Biography & Autobiography. History. Nonfiction. HTML:From the New York Times bestselling author of Band of Brothers and D-Day, the definitive book on Lewis and Clark's exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, the most momentous expedition in American history and one of the great adventure stories of all time.
In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and back. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, made the first map of the trans-Mississippi West, provided invaluable scientific data on the flora and fauna of the Louisiana Purchase territory, and established the American claim to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information about weather, terrain, and medical knowledge at the time to provide a vivid backdrop for the expedition. Lewis is supported by a rich variety of colorful characters, first of all Jefferson himself, whose interest in exploring and acquiring the American West went back thirty years. Next comes Clark, a rugged frontiersman whose love for Lewis matched Jefferson's. There are numerous Indian chiefs, and Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition, along with the French-Indian hunter Drouillard, the great naturalists of Philadelphia, the French and Spanish fur traders of St. Louis, John Quincy Adams, and many more leading political, scientific, and military figures of the turn of the century.

High adventure, high politics, suspense, drama, and diplomacy combine with high romance and personal tragedy to make this outstanding work of scholarship as readable as a novel.

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Found no direct water way
But ate dog courageously
Jefferson ate none
(John_Vaughan)

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