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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Fascinating account of Roosevelt's expedition down a previously uncharted by white people river in the Amazon (whew! that was a run-on sentence). Anyway, the book was a page turner; well-written ... Read full review

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Since their have been several books written lately about Teddy Roosevelt, and a friend offered this one to me to borrow, I decided I needed to learn something about Teddy Roosevelt. I was familiar ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
Defeat
12
Opportunity
19
Preparation
30
On the Open
38
A Change ofP1ans
52
Twitching Through the Voods
200
Attack
209
He Vho Kills Must Die
301
The Cauldron
307
The Rubber Men
317
A Pair of Flags
330
Epilogue
336
Notes
355
52
362
220
379

The Wide Belts
220
Hunger
232
The Myth of Beneficent Nature
247
I Will Stop Here
258
Missing
271
The Worst in a
281
281
385
Select Bibliography
395
Acknowledgments
403
Index
409
Copyright

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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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