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The Lewis and Clark Journals: An American Epic of Discovery | [Lewis, Clark]

The Lewis and Clark Journals: An American Epic of Discovery

In their own words, recorded in the famous journals of Lewis and Clark, the members of the Corps of Discovery tell their story with an immediacy and power missing from secondhand accounts. All of their triumphs and terrors are here: the thrill of seeing the vast herds of bison, the fear the captains felt when Sacagawea fell ill, the ordeal of crossing the Continental Divide, the misery of cold and hunger, and the kidnapping and rescue of Lewis' dog, Seaman.
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Publisher's Summary

In their own words, recorded in the famous journals of Lewis and Clark, the members of the Corps of Discovery tell their story with an immediacy and power missing from secondhand accounts. All of their triumphs and terrors are here: the thrill of seeing the vast herds of bison, the fear the captains felt when Sacagawea fell ill, the ordeal of crossing the Continental Divide, the misery of cold and hunger, and the kidnapping and rescue of Lewis' dog, Seaman. The natural wonders of an unspoiled America are here, and the lives and customs of its native peoples also come vividly to life, making for a living drama that is humorous, poignant, and, at least once, tragic.

Editor Gary E. Moulton blends the narrative highlights of his definitive Nebraska edition of the Lewis and Clark journals to bring forth the voices of the enlisted men - and of the Native Americans, heard for the first time alongside the words of the captains.

©2003 Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska; (P)2004 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"If you're going to listen to just one book...you should hear the story from the explorers themselves." (Newsweek)
"A triumph of scholarly publishing....Belongs on most readers' shelves - and should accompany any road trip through the West." (Atlantic Monthly)
"What makes this single volume of journal selections more powerful than its contemporaries is the use of other corps members' diaries to provide further details about the journey." (Library Journal)

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    Nancy Bethesda, MD, United States 01-09-12
    Nancy Bethesda, MD, United States 01-09-12
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    "At least now I can comment on the Expedition."

    Though this book was not loaded with tons of "facts" about the expedition, I'm not sure it was supposed to. It was more a case of someone reading a diary, of sorts, and then filling in the blank spaces so we (the "reader") would have some idea of its context. It could be tiresome. However, now I know something of the expedition and am doubly amazed that anyone made it out alive. If you're on the fence about the Providence of God, this ought to fix ya.'

    Worthwhile.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Bronx, NY, United States 02-10-11
    Kevin Bronx, NY, United States 02-10-11
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    "Not what I was expecting"

    This book is an actual reading of the journals kept by those in the Lewis and Clark expedition. The journals are read chronologically so you end up with entries by several people on the same day. I was looking for a retelling of their "adventures" and not a word for word reading of the journals.

    This book is chock full of information, but it read without much emotion, so it comes across rather boring and monotonous.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle 06-15-14
    Kyle 06-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I discovered the core of discovery."
    If you could sum up The Lewis and Clark Journals in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, intense, informative.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was interesting to see the different writing styles between Capt. Lewis and Capt. Clark I enjoy Capt. Lewis's journal entries most.


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Cullen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first time I've ever listen anything by Patrick. I thought he did a great job and would listen to his stuff again.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Lewis and Clark the expedition that made America.


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    Ronnie Mars, PA, United States 12-23-11
    Ronnie Mars, PA, United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2009

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    "good book"

    very interesting but not quite so sure about the facts involved and it made the indians look not so smart.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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