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

by Candice Millard

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    The Lost City of Z by David Grann (VaterOlsen)
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    The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston (rakerman)
    rakerman: The River of Doubt is a dangerous jungle expedition to explore a river in 1913–14. The Lost City of the Monkey God is a dangerous jungle expedition to explore a lost city in 2015. Although separated by a century, some similar challenges are encountered.
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    Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya by William Carlsen (rakerman)
    rakerman: River of Doubt tells the tale of a difficult exploration of an Amazonian river. Jungle of Stone tells the story of challenging explorations of Mayan sites.
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    In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides (davesmind)
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    The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris (CSL)
    CSL: Those looking for more about the most remarkable Theodore Roosevelt couldn't do better than to consult this first volume of Edmund Morris' (hopefully) three volume biography of the 26th President.
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Everything you ever wanted or needed to know about south American jungle rain forest, tropical fish, insects, rubber tress, pollinators, and poisonous arrows read this book and indulge yourself!

Exciting and slightly romantic account of Roosevelt 's insatiable appetite for adventure and discovery will keep you up late into the night to finish this page turning account of bravery and questionable sanity of explorers.

Great read. Great adventure. Long live the memory and exploits of one of our most colorful presidents. ( )
  Alphawoman | May 16, 2019 |
adventure down uncharted amazon tributary after loosing 2nd bid for president ( )
  sherribrari | Dec 12, 2018 |
Roosevelt's last adventure, the trip that likely shortened his life... The real star of the adventure is Candido Rondon, the Brazilian explorer who was light-years ahead in relating to indigenous peoples. The chief casualty, alas, was probably poor Kermit Roosevelt, charged with accompanying his egomaniac, larger-than-life father in his ultra​-manly pursuits.(Trump offspring, take note!) ( )
  LaurelPoe | Dec 25, 2017 |
Longest Nat'l Geo Article
Theo Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
1912 after defeat Populist Party — 2 term pres. — physical challenge — unmapped tributary in Amazon — son Kermit — Brazil's famous — explore Candido — Rondon — changed map of West Hempisphere
Hardships — canoes, lost supplies — rapids
starvation — Ind attack — disease
3 men died — Teddy brink suicide
Pg 252 — same man after in wild w/o food / sleep — show true colors — Rules of camping — never 1st — everything fair

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.
  christinejoseph | Oct 3, 2017 |
The River of Doubt, or Rio da Dúvida, was the actual, dramatic name of a river in Brazil's Amazon region that is now called the Roosevelt River. Fresh off his failed attempt to return to the Presidency as the Progressive "Bull Moose" Party candidate, Theodore Roosevelt conducted a scientific expedition for the American Museum of Natural History to explore this remote river in 1913-14. Brazil's greatest explorer Cândido Rondon joined Roosevelt as leader and were accompanied as Roosevelt's son Kermit, a naturalist, and 15 porters. This book describes the adventure along the river that was plagued by waterfalls and rapids that required frequent portages, disease, loss of food and supplies, and the threat of the indigenous peoples, the Cinta Larga, tracking the expedition. One member of the party drowned, one was murdered, and the murderer was abandoned by the party in the jungle. Roosevelt himself suffered injuries and illness that brought him close to death and expressed the wish to be left behind. It's a harrowing story that despite happening in modern times seems to be from a more distant era. ( )
  Othemts | Sep 8, 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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The true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing 1914 exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth, 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 tributary of the Amazon. He 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. Yet he accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it.--From publisher description.… (more)

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