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The Journals of Lewis and Clark (Lewis & Clark Expedition)by Meriwether Lewis
Endorsed by Stephen Ambrose himself ("It is the ideal selection for the citizen-reader, an American classic in its own right..."), this selection of the journals of Lewis and Clark edited by celebrated novelist, literary scholar, and historian Bernard De Voto is undoubtedly the best single volume edition of the journals available. Though there are many, many other versions to chose from, as an acknowledged master of both literary and historical realms (and winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award), DeVoto was uniquely qualified to bring the journals to life, making this, as Wallace Stegner once wrote of DeVoto's work, "not merely history as record, [but] history as literature."
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The Journals of Lewis and Clark are "the first report on the West, on the United States over the hill and beyond the sunset, on the province of the American future” (Bernard DeVoto).
In 1803, the great expanse of the Louisiana Purchase was an empty canvas. Keenly aware that the course of the nation's destiny lay westward—and that a “Voyage of Discovery” would be necessary to determine the nature of the frontier—President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Meriwether Lewis to lead an expedition from the Missouri River to the northern Pacific coast and back. From 1804 to 1806, accompanied by co-captain William Clark, the Shoshone guide Sacajawea, and thirty-two men, Lewis mapped rivers, traced the principal waterways to the sea, and established the American claim to the territories of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Together the captains kept this journal: a richly detailed record of the flora and fauna they sighted, the native tribes they encountered, and the awe-inspiring landscape they traversed, from their base camp near present-day St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River, that has become an incomparable contribution to the literature of exploration and the writing of natural history.
For forty-five years, the standard edition of this classic, with a new foreword by Stephen Ambrose, the best-selling author of Undaunted Courage.
About the Author
Bernard DeVoto (1897-1955), winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was a renowned scholar-historian of the American West and one of the country's greatest men of letters.
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