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Undaunted Courage Audiobook

Undaunted Courage

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Publisher's Summary

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River, across the forbidding Rockies, and - by way of the Snake and Columbia rivers - down to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, endured incredible hardships and witnessed astounding sights. With great perseverance, they worked their way into an unexplored West. When they returned two years later, they had long since been given up for dead.

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.

©1996 Ambrose-Tubbs Inc. (P)1996 Books on Tape Inc., All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"... 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)

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    sandra 05-03-15
    sandra 05-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Super"

    Super nice book!!! Loved!! Want to kniw much more about and go to check places!!! Mm well why need to write so many words?

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    Catie Scarlette 04-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Completely engaging!"

    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!

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    Phillip 04-18-15
    Phillip 04-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Detailed and thorough look at Lewis' Life"

    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.

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    T. Stinar Palo Cedro, CA 03-31-15
    T. Stinar Palo Cedro, CA 03-31-15 Listener Since 2006
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    "Fascinating story"

    Very detailed and maybe a bit too long, but a must read for any American history enthusiast! Overall, a very good read.

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    scott bourke 02-27-15
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    "A most incredible journey"

    A part of history that should not be missed. Always interesting to think what would've happened at things of gone differently..

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    rollin roberts BOGUE CHITTO, MS, US 02-11-15
    rollin roberts BOGUE CHITTO, MS, US 02-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A good book. Recommended."

    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.

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    Grant 01-20-15
    Grant 01-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Stunning, Evocative, Saddening"

    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.

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    esther suhr-stewart townsend, mt United States 01-13-15
    esther suhr-stewart townsend, mt United States 01-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "good book"

    loved it. Full of history and accompanied woth great voice. Easy to listen to. liked.

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    Mike 01-04-15
    Mike 01-04-15
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    loved it ! It is a fine work and will done. I will recommend it to a friend.

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    Carroll Hilo, HI, United States 04-12-14
    Carroll Hilo, HI, United States 04-12-14
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    "A great history of this monumental exploration."

    Well researched & written, while the focus of the book is more on Lewis than Clark.

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    "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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