Through the Brazilian Wilderness

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Cooper Square Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 410 pages
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"Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) wrote this firsthand account of his experiences as coleader of the Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition during its trek through unknown regions of Paraguay and Brazil from the late fall of 1913 to the spring of 1914. Instigated at the request of the American Museum of Natural History and the Brazilian government itself, the expedition was charged with mapping the 950-mile River of Doubt - a previously unexplored tributary to the Amazon River - but the scientific mission swiftly became a harrowing test of endurance from which Roosevelt was lucky to escape alive." "The exploring party battled torrential downpours, oppressive heat, tortuous rapids, wild animals, fire ants, and jungle illness. Roosevelt suffered from jungle fever, dysentery, an ulcerated leg, blood poisoning, and heart problems; he also caught malaria, which strongly contributed to his death a few years later. Despite the ordeal, the expedition proved a tremendous success, collecting over 3,000 specimens of birds and mammals - many previously unknown to science. The River of Doubt was renamed Rio Roosevelt in his honor."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Periodically throughout his extraordinary career, Theodore Roosevelt turned to the writing of history. Energetic about everything he did, he imbued his writing with verve and a strong sense of drama that continues to attract readers today. Born in New York City and educated at Harvard University, he immersed himself in public affairs long before he became President of the United States. A man of many talents, he was, among other things, police commissioner, mayoral candidate, rancher, hunter, explorer, soldier, and governor. His strong sense of history probably influenced his actions more times than not, and certainly he brought to the White House in 1901 an awareness of how much the past conditions the present and informs the future. Roosevelt made history, influenced history, and wrote history.

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