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 mighty Columbia - 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 and 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.
If you're fascinated by early America as I am, or simply have an interest in how our life today was shaped by events of the past, by all means listen to this interesting biography of Meriwether Lewis. Ambrose really digs in and explores not only Lewis as adventurer, but savvy diplomat (in his relations with various Native American tribes). The author actually followed the trail Lewis and Clark traversed, so there's an added dimension of hands-on insight, an authenticity that makes the prose especially captivating. (Fred, Customer Support Representative)
"... 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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