Undaunted Courage is supported by a variety of colorful characters: Jefferson and his vision of the West; Clark, the artist and mapmaker; and Lewis, the enigma, who led brilliantly but considered the mission a failure. After suffering several periods of depression - and despite his status as national hero - Lewis died mysteriously, apparently by his own hand.
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"... a swiftly moving, full-dress treatment of the expedition." (The New York Times Book Review)
"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." ( Booklist)
This is unquestionably one of the most important and interesting stories of early America and Stephen Ambrose has done an outstanding job of telling it. I have always been fascinated by this adventure, but I couldn't quit listening. In today's world it's very difficult to imagine this trip and the shear magnitude of what could have gone wrong. You will NOT regret purchasing it!
I thought this was a very well done and thorough examination of the Lewis and Clark expedition with a bit of background in their lives before and after the journey. the narration was a bit dry at times, but overall the story painted a vivid picture and filled me with a great sense of awe at the courage of these men. it explores things in their life that was unknown to me and also examined the tragic end to Lewis' life. I thought it was very well done and stuck to the most commonly accepted histories of these men.
Very detailed and maybe a bit too long, but a must read for any American history enthusiast! Overall, a very good read.
The book is well written, researched, and presented. It captures the imagination providing a documented view of a tremendous accomplishment in our nations history. I've read the book and enjoyed it more than the audio version perhaps because of the narration.
This is is the tale of the man responsible for the most ambitious excursion in the young history of our nation, Meriwether Lewis.
It's a thrilling tale of the man's life and adventures followed by the sad misadventures of political career, onset of his depression, and his disastrous end.
Listen to it and learn about one of the most important figures as an example of the American character.
This ought to be required reading, or listening, for every young mind in America.
loved it. Full of history and accompanied woth great voice. Easy to listen to. liked.
"Travels with Lewis and Clarke"
This started off a bit too much like a schoolbook and I felt my mind wandering; but if you stick with it, you are brought into the trip and it's great. I found it very sad towards the end, as we are left to watch how Lewis suffers from being a great leader, to an ill shell of a man. Hankies at the ready!
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