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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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    James Hurt 07-04-15
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    "Very good read"

    Great book, enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. I do highly recommend it

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    Amazon Customer Eureka CA 06-21-15
    Amazon Customer Eureka CA 06-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "m-morris@suddenlink.net"

    Great listen. Nareator was excellent. Recommend for any history lover. I have listed to hundreds of books. This is my favorite history read

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    C. James Gradwell 06-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Thorough and Fair Tribute"

    I absolutely flew through this book. It was enjoyable to listen to and I found myself taking significant hours out of my day to devote to it. Ambrose spends considerable time not just on the expedition but the course to the Corps of Discovery, outlining in detail the relationships, opportunities, and skills leading to Lewis' selection as well as the fallout and success/failures of the expedition's fruition.

    At various times Ambrose gets carried away with loving tributes to Lewis and Clark's character qualities such as their leadership and manliness but is overall fair in describing them. I was entirely unaware of Lewis and Clark's reception on returning to the United States and was shocked at the end of Lewis' story.

    As mentioned before, I flew through this book because of detailed and enthralling descriptions like those of Lewis' death, the expedition's encounters with Native Americans, or the general dealings with men, traders, chiefs, etc. Ambrose is a tactful writer and drew me into the story, which is impressive for a non-fiction title.

    I would absolutely suggest this book for anyone even casually interested in the expedition. I had virtually no knowledge of the expedition's intentions before reading and feel I can reasonably recount the story well after I finished it.

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    David L. derfel 06-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding in every aspect!"

    It's a very compelling story and one that every American should be proud of. The narration is exceptional.

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    Richard Hill 05-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Historical treasure"

    A solid rendering of this wonderful adventure, heretofore more memorized fact than meaningful achievement, at least to me.The research seems excellent, the writing adequate, the detail compelling.

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    sandra 05-03-15
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    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
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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
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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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