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Undaunted Courage

Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
Ambrose, Stephen E. (Book - 1996)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Undaunted Courage
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Authors: Ambrose, Stephen E.
Title: Undaunted courage
Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1996
Characteristics: 511 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm
ISBN: 0684811073
Statement of Responsibility: Stephen E. Ambrose
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 493-496) and index
Subject Headings: Explorers United States Biography Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806) Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 Clark, William, 1770-1838 Lewis, Meriwether, 1774-1809
Topical Term: Explorers
LCCN: 95037146
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I agree with others that the book can be dry at times. It is historical, and takes no license with facts.
However, its about one of the most fantastic journeys ever taken... and it is real.

Mar 19, 2012
  • dulynoted rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I found most of the book to be a bit dry for my taste. I was interested in a stronger narrative of the adventure, and instead the book dedicated a lot of space to describing Lewis' descriptions of flora and fauna. Not my cup of tea.

Jun 20, 2011
  • high_aptitude rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

From background on Lewis' budding career as a young army officer to commission & co-command of the U.S. corps of discovery's historic expedition of what would become the United States. This book is filled with details on life in early 19th century North America, & the many challenges encountered by the people of the time.

Actual excerpts from letters of correspondence, journal entrees, coupled with vivid details of day to day living makes this title a lively read.

The shaping of the early United States, it's struggles, perils, defeats & triumphs are all illustrated in this finely written work by Mr. Stephen Ambrose.

One detail about this book that I enjoyed were the journal entrees.
Frequent misspelled words, sometimes the same word is spelled differently in the same paragraph. It gives a real sense of the era & education levels even amongst the privately educated.
Even President Thomas Jefferson misspelled words in his letters to Cpt. Lewis.

The focus is primarily on Cpt. Lewis before, during, & after the corps of discovery, but there's enough detail on co-captain (never official) W. Clark and the others to keep things interesting & balanced.

Overall, this title is well worth reading, especially if you have an affinity for history.


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