Undaunted Courage

Undaunted Courage

Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson And The Opening Of The American West

Downloadable Audiobook - 2001
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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. Lewis is supported by a variety of colorful characters: Jefferson and his vision of the West; Clark, the artist and map-maker; 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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2001
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780743595612
Characteristics: 1 online resource (19 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Whitener, Barrett


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I learned so much not only about Lewis and Clark while listening to this book, but about life in early America, President Jefferson, and what happened after their incredible journey. The author did a nice job of acknowledging both the positives (uncharted territory; adventure!) and the negatives (rampant syphilis; abuse of Native populations). Highly engaging and thought-provoking.


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