The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 16, 2009 - History - 432 pages
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At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.

After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.

Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.

From the soaring beauty of the Amazon rain forest to the darkest night of Theodore Roosevelt’s life, here is Candice Millard’s dazzling debut.

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This author definitely does her research. - Goodreads
Great writing and fabulous b/w photo insert. - Goodreads
Great pictures of the expedtion too. - Goodreads
Millard's portrayal of him was so vivid. - Goodreads
The ending was especially embracing and poignant. - Goodreads
Her narrative is both personal and educational. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Exciting and interesting. I read it because my dad did. I've not read enough other similar books to judge it objectively or say anything really, but I did really like it. Read full review

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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

A very interesting book about a chapter in Roosevelt's life that often isn't dwelled upon in many biographies. The author tells a captivating tale of his trip through the Brazilian jungle on a ... Read full review

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CANDICE MILLARD is a former writer and editor at National Geographic magazine. She lives in Kansas City.

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