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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Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
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by Michael P,
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.
by Michael P
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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
by Library Journal,
"Specialists will appreciate this biography, but general readers will also be enthralled by Ambrose's well-written account."
by Ken Burns,
"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."
"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."
by Midwest Book 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."
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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