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Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West

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At the heart of the immense and growing interest in Lewis and Clark in recent years stands this book. WWII historian Stephen Ambrose had long harbored a private obsession for the Expedition of the Corps of Discovery, and in Undaunted Courage he was able to capture this passion, successfully conveying it to countless readers across the country. Though Ambrose lends Lewis and Clark's story a sense of historical immediacy by quoting the original journals freely throughout, what makes this book so successful is Ambrose's readable, jargon-free writing style and his thriller-writer's talent for shaping a compelling story. Whatever the reason for its success, Undaunted Courage not only topped every national bestseller list, it also inspired a Ken Burns PBS documentary about Lewis and Clark, a second, beautifully produced Lewis and Clark book in conjunction with National Geographic (Lewis and Clark: Voyage of Discovery), as well as our current national fascination with the most famous and historically significant expedition in our history.


Recommended by Michael P, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In this sweeping adventure story, Stephen E. Ambrose, the bestselling author of D-Day, presents the definitive account of one of the most momentous journeys in American history. Ambrose follows the Lewis and Clark Expedition from Thomas Jefferson's hope of finding a waterway to the Pacific, through the heart-stopping moments of the actual trip, to Lewis's lonely demise on the Natchez Trace. Along the way, Ambrose shows us the American West as Lewis saw it — wild, awesome, and pristinely beautiful. Undaunted Courage is a stunningly told action tale that will delight readers for generations.

Review:

"Ambrose, his wife and five children have followed the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark expedition for 20 summers, in the course of which the explorer has become a friend of the Ambrose family; the author's affection shines through this narrative." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Specialists will appreciate this biography, but general readers will also be enthralled by Ambrose's well-written account." Library Journal

Review:

"Stephen Ambrose is that rare breed: a historian with true passion for his subject. Here he takes one of the great, but also one of the most superficially considered, stories in American history and breathes fresh life into it. Lewis comes alive as we've never known him." Ken Burns

Review:

"Ambrose's epic, a combination of rhapsody and reality, feels like a final glimpse at a pristine Eden before the crowd of trappers and settlers altered it forever." Booklist

Review:

"This lively survey of Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the opening of the American West is recommended both for leisure readers of American history and for students." Midwest Book Review

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of andlt;I andgt;Band of Brothersandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;I andgt;D-Dayandlt;/Iandgt;, the definitive book on Lewis and Clarkand#8217;s exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, the most momentous expedition in American history and one of the great adventure stories of all time.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;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 Jeffersonand#8217;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.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;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.

About the Author

Stephen E. Ambrose is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestseller D-Day and multi-volume biographies of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. He is founder of the Eisenhower Center and President of the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. He lives in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and Helena, Montana.

Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

1 Youth 1774-1792

2 Planter 1792-1794

3 Soldier 1794-1800

4 Thomas Jefferson's America 1801

5 The President's Secretary 1801-1802

6 The Origins of the Expedition 1750-1802

7 Preparing for the Expedition

January-June 1803

8 Washington to Pittsburgh

June-August 1803

9 Down the Ohio

September-November 1803

10 Up the Mississippi to Winter Camp

November 1803-March 1804

11 Ready to Depart

April-May 21, 1804

12 Up the Missouri

May-July 1804

13 Entering Indian Country

August 1804

14 Encounter with the Sioux

September 1804

15 To the Mandans

Fall 1804

16 Winter at Fort Mandan

December 21, 1804-March 21, 1805

17 Report from Fort Mandan

March 22-April 6, 1805

18 From Fort Mandan to Marias River

April 7-June 2, 1805

19 From Marias River to the Great Falls

June 3-June 20, 1805

20 The Great Portage

June 16-July 14, 805

21 Looking for the Shoshones

July 15-August 12, 1805

22 Over the Continental Divide

August 13-August 31, 1805

23 Lewis as Ethnographer: The Shoshones

24 Over the Bitterroots

September 1-October 6, 1805

25 Down the Columbia

October 8-December 7, 1805

26 Fort Clatsop

December 8, 1805-March 23, 1806

27 Lewis as Ethnographer: The

Clatsops and the Chinooks

28 Jefferson and the West

1804-1806

29 Return to the Nez Percé

March 23-June 9, 1806

30 The Lolo Trail

June I O-July 2, 1806

31 The Marias Exploration

July 3-July 28, 1806

32 The Last Leg

July 29-September 22, 1806

33 Reporting to the President

September 23-December 31, 1806

34 Washington

January-March 1807

35 Philadelphia

April-July 1807

36 Virginia

August 1806-March 1807

37 St. Louis

March-December 1808

38 St. Louis

January-August 1809

39 Last Voyage

September 3-October 11, 1809

40 Aftermath

NOTES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

MAPS

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Up the Missouri

Headwaters of the Missouri

Crossing the Bitterroot Mountains

Exploring the Mouth of the Columbia

f0 Traveler's Rest

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Miso Thorny, January 24, 2010 (view all comments by Miso Thorny)
Stephen Ambrose pulls together an incredible story of courage, curiosity and spirit. What an amazing time of exploration and discovery! Ambrose has written a book that gave me a new respect for all the peoples of this era in American history.
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crystalviolet13, November 19, 2007 (view all comments by crystalviolet13)
This was a very good read. I've never been one for non-fiction, and NEVER history! But this is definitely an exception. It wasn't dry, but substantial and interesting and included things many may not have known about Meriwether Lewis. There are little blurbs about the other people too, and it helps tie the whole expedition together and it almost feels like you're there with them!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684826974
Introduction:
Ambrose, Stephen E.
Author:
Ambrose, Stephen E.
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
Explorers
Subject:
Clark, william, 1770-1838
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Explorers -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
United States / General
Subject:
Jefferson, Thomas
Subject:
Lewis, Meriwether
Subject:
Clark, William
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Lewis and Clark Expedition, Meriwether Lewis, Louisiana Purchase, Thomas Jefferson, American West, explorers, American frontier, Natchez, Sacagawea, Shoshone, indians, wilderness, native americans
Subject:
Lewis and Clark Expedition, Meriwether Lewis, Louisiana Purchase, Thomas Jefferson, American West, explorers, American frontier, Natchez, Sacagawea, Shoshone, indians, wilderness, native americans, Lewis and Clark Expedition, Meriwether Lewis, Louisiana P
Subject:
Lewis and Clark Expedition, Meriwether Lewis, Louisiana Purchase, Thomas Jefferson, American West, explorers, American frontier, Natchez, Sacagawea, Shoshone, indians, wilderness, native americans, Lewis and Clark Expedition, Meriwether Lewis, Louisiana P
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Lewis & Clark Expedition
Series Volume:
book 6
Publication Date:
June 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
maps
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 19.6 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

At the heart of the immense and growing interest in Lewis and Clark in recent years stands this book. WWII historian Stephen Ambrose had long harbored a private obsession for the Expedition of the Corps of Discovery, and in Undaunted Courage he was able to capture this passion, successfully conveying it to countless readers across the country. Though Ambrose lends Lewis and Clark's story a sense of historical immediacy by quoting the original journals freely throughout, what makes this book so successful is Ambrose's readable, jargon-free writing style and his thriller-writer's talent for shaping a compelling story. Whatever the reason for its success, Undaunted Courage not only topped every national bestseller list, it also inspired a Ken Burns PBS documentary about Lewis and Clark, a second, beautifully produced Lewis and Clark book in conjunction with National Geographic (Lewis and Clark: Voyage of Discovery), as well as our current national fascination with the most famous and historically significant expedition in our history.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Ambrose, his wife and five children have followed the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark expedition for 20 summers, in the course of which the explorer has become a friend of the Ambrose family; the author's affection shines through this narrative." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Specialists will appreciate this biography, but general readers will also be enthralled by Ambrose's well-written account."
"Review" by , "Stephen Ambrose is that rare breed: a historian with true passion for his subject. Here he takes one of the great, but also one of the most superficially considered, stories in American history and breathes fresh life into it. Lewis comes alive as we've never known him."
"Review" by , "Ambrose's epic, a combination of rhapsody and reality, feels like a final glimpse at a pristine Eden before the crowd of trappers and settlers altered it forever."
"Review" by , "This lively survey of Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the opening of the American West is recommended both for leisure readers of American history and for students."
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of andlt;I andgt;Band of Brothersandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;I andgt;D-Dayandlt;/Iandgt;, the definitive book on Lewis and Clarkand#8217;s exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, the most momentous expedition in American history and one of the great adventure stories of all time.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;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 Jeffersonand#8217;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.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;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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