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The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

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ISBN13: 9780767913737
ISBN10: 0767913736
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Well researched and skillfully written, this commanding account of achievement and calamity retraces Roosevelt's perilous expedition of the uncharted Amazon. A dazzling gem of history, Millard's impeccable narrative brims with imagery and tension.
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Well researched and skillfully written, this commanding account of achievement and calamity retraces Roosevelt's perilous expedition of the uncharted Amazon. A dazzling gem of history, Millard's impeccable narrative brims with imagery and tension.
Recommended by Michal D., Powells.com

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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.

Review:

"A rich, dramatic tale that ranges from the personal to the literally earth-shaking." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"[A] fine account...There are far too many books in which a travel writer follows in the footsteps of his or her hero — and there are far too few books like this, in which an author who has spent time and energy ferreting out material from archival sources weaves it into a gripping tale." The Washington Post

Review:

"[N]o frills, high-adventure writing...Millard's sober account is as claustrophobic as a walk through the densest jungle, and as full of vigor as Roosevelt himself." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Millard turns this incredible story into one that easily matches an Indiana Jones screen adventure. Essential." Library Journal

Review:

"[A] riveting, bravura performance....[Millard] re-creates Roosevelt's adventure in spellbinding fashion....Both a white-knuckle survival saga and an informative scientific journal, River of Doubt is an irresistible read." Houston Chronicle

Review:

"This is a bully good adventure tale about a great man." USA Today

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Candice Millard is a former writer and editor at National Geographic magazine. She lives in Kansas City.

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Lorraine, August 13, 2013 (view all comments by Lorraine)
The Amazon rain forest was a punishing environment for non-natives who dared to explore the region in the 19th and early 20th centuries. What makes Candice Millard’s book, “The River of Doubt”, even more fascinating is that the voyage she chronicles included Theodore Roosevelt on his last great adventure after losing his bid for a third U.S. presidential term in 1912. The book is both informative and gripping as the exploration party travels up a previously uncharted river the jungles of Brazil.
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cres, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by cres)
Really enjoyed this! One of those books that lead me to do more reading on the subject.
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tread, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by tread)
Stories that are true, but read like fiction are among my favorite. This is a truly good story, told well.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767913737
Subtitle:
Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
Author:
Millard, Candice
Publisher:
Anchor
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20061010
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.01x5.27x.96 in. .77 lbs.

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Product details 432 pages Anchor - English 9780767913737 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Well researched and skillfully written, this commanding account of achievement and calamity retraces Roosevelt's perilous expedition of the uncharted Amazon. A dazzling gem of history, Millard's impeccable narrative brims with imagery and tension.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Well researched and skillfully written, this commanding account of achievement and calamity retraces Roosevelt's perilous expedition of the uncharted Amazon. A dazzling gem of history, Millard's impeccable narrative brims with imagery and tension.

"Review" by , "A rich, dramatic tale that ranges from the personal to the literally earth-shaking."
"Review" by , "[A] fine account...There are far too many books in which a travel writer follows in the footsteps of his or her hero — and there are far too few books like this, in which an author who has spent time and energy ferreting out material from archival sources weaves it into a gripping tale."
"Review" by , "[N]o frills, high-adventure writing...Millard's sober account is as claustrophobic as a walk through the densest jungle, and as full of vigor as Roosevelt himself."
"Review" by , "Millard turns this incredible story into one that easily matches an Indiana Jones screen adventure. Essential."
"Review" by , "[A] riveting, bravura performance....[Millard] re-creates Roosevelt's adventure in spellbinding fashion....Both a white-knuckle survival saga and an informative scientific journal, River of Doubt is an irresistible read."
"Review" by , "This is a bully good adventure tale about a great man."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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