The Way to the Western Sea: Lewis and Clark Across the Continent

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U of Nebraska Press, 2001 - History - 444 pages
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Critics have called David Lavender a "master storyteller" (Library Journal), his prose "virile, disciplined, yet personal" (New York Times), and his book "a balanced, learned, and lively history of an epochal human exploit" (Choice). Lavender sets the stage with a lucid account of the imperial rivalries between England, Spain, France, and the United States, and their role in Thomas Jefferson's decision to sponsor an expedition that might strengthen the young country's claims to lands it had purchased but never seen. Lavender then takes us through the steps that led to the selection of Meriwether Lewis and the Corps of Discovery's leader with William Clark as coleader. From there, the great adventure story unfolds and we follow Lewis and Clark and their company on their journey through vast, uncharted territory as they seek a transcontinental route to the Pacific. From its inception to its conclusion?a triumph made bittersweet by Lewis's suicide only a few years later?we witness the trials, the surprises, the natural wonders, and the successes large and small that the expedition met with day by day over the course of two years and thousands of miles. The result is a true classic of adventure writing and a marvel of historical storytelling.
  

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Review: The Way to the Western Sea

User Review  - Lee - Goodreads

Fantastic book! I have read many of the Lewis & Clark journals and other books about the Corps of Discovery and this is on of the best editions. It's written more in novel form even though it isn't a ... Read full review

Review: The Way to the Western Sea

User Review  - Lee - Goodreads

Fantastic book! I have read many of the Lewis & Clark journals and other books about the Corps of Discovery and this is on of the best editions. It's written more in novel form even though it isn't a ... Read full review

Contents

Two Preparing for the Future
22
Three Grappling with Logistics
40
Five Facing Reality
73
Six Smoky Water
94
Seven Emphasis on Indians
116
Eight Into Winter
134
Nine The Grand Plan
149
Ten Forty Belowand Far to Go
168
Fifteen Wild Water
275
Sixteen The Farthest Reach
298
Eighteen Peace Mission to the Blackfeet
336
Nineteen Hurrying Home
356
Twenty Endings
372
Jeffersons Instructions to Lewis
389
The Permanent Party
395
Notes
401

Eleven Hazards by Water
189
Twelve The Great Portage
211
Thirteen The Great Divide
229
Fourteen Hunger
251

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About the author (2001)

David Lavender's publications include "One Man's West," "Bent's Fort," "The Fist in the Wilderness," and "California: Land of New Beginnings," all available in Bison Books editions.

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