Undaunted Courage is Ambrose at his best. The sweeping impact and day to day travails of this excellent adventure is clearly illustrated in Ambrose's prose. He puts the journey of discovery in historical context while making these magnificent characters real to the reader.
Ambrose focuses too much of the narrative on Merriweather Lewis but this only detracts slightly from this outstanding story.
This is one of the most enjoyable books I've ever listened to. It's primarily a biography of Meriwether Lewis, who is a fascinating and complex character. It also gives a fairly rich sense of the political atmosphere surrounding the journey, and its historical importance. Ambrose is a highly qualified historian, so even his tangents and conjectures are fascinating.
Better than fiction!!! Great narration. Enjoyable all the way through. Sad for it to end. A must for all history lovers. Not many history writers can beat Stephen Ambrose. Enjoy & learn.
I found this book rewarding not so much for the narrative as for the "bottom line" historical facts it filled in for me. I generally prefer unabridged versions, but I am inclined to think the abridged version would have sufficed.
This is a great story, but one that raises many regrets with the benefit of historical hindsight. What a land Lewis & Clark explored! But what a tragedy in light of what we know to have happened to the native peoples and to the animal populations. Then of course the book finisishes with Lewis's spiral into suicide. Altogether, the book left me in a very depressed frame of mind.