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The River of Doubt : Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey (Audio CD) (Abridged)
The River of Doubt Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey - Audio CD - Abridged Author:Candice Millard, Richard Ferrone (Narrator) 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 trea... more »cherous 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.
Intriguing look into a terribly planned, ill-executed exploration of an uncharted river in South America. Teddy Roosevelt lives up to his larger than life reputation when he takes on the wilds of the Amazonian rain forest. Great writing, well-researched and yet engaging.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book chronicles Teddy Roosevelt's journey down an uncharted tributary to the amazon river. It is an amazing account of one of Roosevelt's many adventures. You get an close look at what the interior of the amazon rain forest looks like with an intriguing story of survival.
An amazingly powerful book that I found riveting. That is a lot to say in eight words, but it was true for me.
I have read a number of books on Theodore Roosevelt and am very impressed with the man, although I do not always agree that what he did was right or the best for our country. While I knew that he took a long trip to South America after he lost the 1912 election, I had supposed that it was a type of gentleman's safari with plenty of creature comforts. Boy, was I wrong.
As a former Marine and someone who also had his share of tough treks backpacking for a week or more in the Rockies at high elevations in all kinds of weather, I am not sure I could have done what Teddy did on his trip down the River of Doubt.
I've been reading a lot of historical narrative over the last few years (Skeletons on the Zahara, In the Heart of the Sea, Over the Edge of the World, Unbroken, We Die Alone, The Devil in the White City) and The River of Doubt compares quite favorably with all of those. Candice Millard's parsing of Teddy Roosevelt's last great adventure in 1913 yields many captivating insights: biographical probing of Roosevelt's family and political life, the natural history of the Amazon River Basin and its indigenous tribes, South American politics, and of course a study of how human beings stand up under intense mental and physical duress. Millard has the unique ability to dredge up historical minutia while never letting the narrative bog down and her re-creation of the time, place and people is thoroughly engaging.