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  • Title: Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
  • Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • ISBN: 9780684811079
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This was much than a bunch of guys out on an exploring and collecting expedition This was a military expedition into hostile territory In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a pioneering voyage across the Great Plains and into the Rockies It was completely uncharted territory a wild, vast land ruled This was much than a bunch of guys out on an exploring and collecting expedition This was a military expedition into hostile territory In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a pioneering voyage across the Great Plains and into the Rockies It was completely uncharted territory a wild, vast land ruled by the Indians Charismatic and brave, Lewis was the perfect choice and he experienced the savage North American continent before any other white man UNDAUNTED COURAGE is the tale of a hero, but it is also a tragedy Lewis may have received a hero s welcome on his return to Washington in 1806, but his discoveries did not match the president s fantasies of sweeping, fertile plains ripe for the taking Feeling the expedition had been a failure, Lewis took to drink and piled up debts Full of colourful characters Jefferson, the president obsessed with conquering the west William Clark, the rugged frontiersman Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition Drouillard, the French Indian hunter this is one of the great adventure stories of all time and it shot to the top of the US bestseller charts Drama, suspense, danger and diplomacy combine with romance and personal tragedy making UNDAUNTED COURAGE an outstanding work of scholarship and a thrilling adventure.
    Undaunted Courage Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West This was much than a bunch of guys out on an exploring and collecting expedition This was a military expedition into hostile territory In President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretar

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    1. This is an expansion of my past micro review reflecting on a read from 2008 Very satisfying read about the Lewis and Clark expedition, with a focus on Lewis and his relationship to Jefferson To me it s great because of Ambrose s ability to render a great story while marshalling his skills in making sense out of the myriad of known historical details and context He brings alive so many of the times the expedition almost met disaster due to bad judgments or naive approaches toward Native American [...]

    2. The oddest little historical fact that has stayed with me from reading this book is the squirrel migration At the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition, there were apparently so many squirrels in this country, that the squirrels migrated seasonally like birds Lewis and Clark witnessed them in large numbers swimming south across the river on which they were traveling It was such a surprising and delightful little piece of information I had never known about before It gives the reader a window in [...]

    3. Lewis and Clark the actual story.This is the ultimate adventure A bunch of dudes, in totally uncharted territory, trying to to make it there and back alive What I loved it shows Indians both good and bad Some Indians were incredibly gracious to the party Others complete manipulative jerks All of them wanted guns, all of them wanted tobacco, and all of them really really wanted whiskey And they gave away their women for anyone to boink I had too romantic a view of indians before this book it enli [...]

    4. Perhaps I m tainted by revelations about the author s techniques that were revealed late in his life But also, understanding what really happened on this journey, makes me think that without the Native Americans, Lewis Clark would have never made it over the mountains, never mind making it back.They were incredibly lucky And the author focuses primarily on Lewis It s a good over view of the journey, pulling together various sources, but it seemed whenever Ambrose had to really get you into what [...]

    5. First I want to thank Michael for suggesting I read this book I really did like it A definite four star read Who doesn t know about the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803 1806, and of Sacajawea Years ago I had read Sacajawea, which I loved Yeah, it is a door stopper, but you don t want it to ever end The two books did tell the same story about the expedition, but they focus on different people Anna Lee Waldo s book is historical fiction It focuses primarily on Sacajawea and the expedition, Ambro [...]

    6. To do list Defend pop history, talk about America I was on the phone with a history major friend of mine and I told him I had just finished Undaunted Courage He chuckled and told me Stephen Ambrose is a pop historian who isn t really worth reading Well I asked him, when was the last time he had read a research paper or PHD thesis for fun There exists a needless divide between academic writing versus accessible, interesting yet informative writing The divide exists because of the attitude of peop [...]

    7. I ve been weighing up whether or not to read this again, that I feel some resistance to journeying up the Missouri to the pacific coast again in its company probably rules against it, perhaps I might have had a higher regard for it had I not first read Hidden Cities The Discovery and Loss of Ancient North American Civilization, which although it only touches on Lewis and Clark was I felt far interesting in its discussion of the context of their mission Jefferson s vision of America and ideas ab [...]

    8. I have really enjoyed reading the notes made by Merriweather Lewis, and his relationship with his partner, William Clark These were two men who really had undaunted courage and faced new challenges unknown to all others as they daily across this vast continent and to the Pacific Ocean and back again This book tells about the relationship of these two men, apparently without conflict, or little, if any in the course of their exploration In reading this book you can also learn about the many tribe [...]

    9. Undaunted Courage gets 4.5 Stars Stephen Ambrose brings a special passion to this tale of exploration Ambrose relates in the foreword, his lifelong fascination and exploration of the Lewis and Clark adventure I like how he brings all the characters, Lewis, Clark, Jefferson, various Indian chiefs, members of the Corps of Exploration and many other participants to life Perhaps Ambrose exaggerates some events but he tells a riveting tale The Lewis and Clark expedition was as significant to that age [...]

    10. Ambrose is as clear a historical writer as there is The account of Lewis Clark s preparation and then journey is outstanding The lengthy description of what happened after was less so, but mainly because I was not interested in their publishing disputes and the like Over all, this is a wonderful account of one of the most significant adventures in American history.

    11. I m almost done with the book Great New insights Learned about who Sakajewea sp was and actually think she is a bit over rated But that is beside the point I learned a lot about Thomas Jefferson, the politics of the time, the trip to the Pacific and back naturally , and the way this country was.Interesting factoids contained in the book Squirril migrationEating Dogs, Horses, roots and enjoying themONLY ONE MAN DIED Enjoy It is a great book

    12. If I could give President Jefferson one plank his party was good for it has been American expansionism Thomas Jefferson was a neighbor and good friends with Merriweather Lewis s father When Jefferson became President one of the first things he wanted to do was discover what lay west of the original colonies With this he wanted to find a water route to the pacific, collect species for science, to extend commerce and to make an American claim to the Oregon country After Napoleon sold the Louisiana [...]

    13. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark s incredible trek West to discover an all water route to the Pacific Ocean is certainly one of the most American stories ever Ambrose has written a detailed account of the courage, determination and resourceful self sufficiency displayed by these men and their companies to complete the expedition, giving great attention to the science, geography and their everyday life on the journey This was a wonderful, informative and highly enjoyable read.

    14. This biography of Meriwether Lewis must have been a daunting task and Stephen Ambrose was certainly up to it.The sections of the book covering the Lewis and Clark Expedition are as well written as anything Ambrose has done I felt like I was there with the Corps of Discovery , as they were named, seeing the incredible plains and mountains of the unexplored American West for the first time.I am familiar with some of the country and have actually stood at Three Forks in Montana where the Missouri R [...]

    15. I ve always had a particular fascination with the Lewis Clark Expedition, because of being born in raised in St Charles, Missouri, the town where the expedition technically launched so I m glad I ve finally had a chance to read this influential overlook at the trip by famed historian Stephen E Ambrose This is pretty much what you would expect from such a book, so I don t have too many analytical things to say about it it s well researched and well written, especially when it comes to the heartbr [...]

    16. A grand adventure and Ambrose s narrative invites the reader to join in As we turn the pages we become part of Lewis and Clark s journey into the unknown What will the next turn of the river bring violently cascading waters, pensive Indians eyeing their first white man, a foreboding mountain, a snarling beast This book was fun because the reader, at least this reader, did not know what to expect any than they did.That these were brave, confident and resourceful men one has no doubt As they appr [...]

    17. I had a nagging feeling during most of my reading of this book, that Stephen Ambrose was annoying to me I can t quite articulate why, and the story itself was so interesting that it didn t become a real problem I also never quite felt oriented properly this was for a lack of detailed maps and poor synchronization of the maps which were included to the specific geographical references in the book You were constantly going back and forth to try and find a river or a region, which often was missing [...]

    18. Undaunted Courage tells an unforgettable tale with a degree of minute detail that reduces the journey of Lewis Clark to a level of excitement on par with the user manual and warranty for a fiberglass canoe Indian fights, harrowing escapes, sexual misconduct, and hilarious misspellings occasionally lighten the mood, but often than not I found myself wading waist deep through pages of botanical observations, astronomical measurements, and repetitive schoolgirl adoration of Thomas Jefferson I was [...]

    19. I was very surprised that I found this book as interesting as I did I have started other non fiction, historical accounts before and could never get into them because you already know what happens, right But lately, I have become much interested in learning history It may be learning Idaho history with my fourth grader or a recent trip to Boston where I tried to learn about the Revolutionary War so I could teach my kids about it as we were seeing the sights What I realized is that I know very [...]

    20. Perhaps I would have liked this book better if I had known what to expect ahead of time First and foremost, this book is not the fast paced adventure story of the Lewis and Clark expedition that I was hoping to read It is an academic biography of Meriwether Lewis, with particular focus on the expedition likely because that is the best documented part of his life.Academic The narrative is good in places, but lacks rhythm overall Ambrose relies far too much on extended, direct quotes from the jour [...]

    21. Even though practically everyone I know read this book when it was first published in 1996, I didn t give it a glance because I already knew the story Oh me of little consequence and great ignorance.I grew up in Fort Benton, Montana, and as a youngster had spent countless hours in the children s room of the Carnegie Library under the statue of Sacajawea, choosing books, dawdling, daydreaming I stood at Decision Point in a tiny patch of poison ivy argh where Lewis and Clark had to determine if th [...]

    22. Even if you think you know about the Lewis and Clark expedition, trust me, if you haven t read Undaunted Courage, you probably know very little My idea about the expedition was so narrow before reading this book There is so much that we just don t think about.First, what a tremendous undertaking this was To know they would be gone for years and had to pack supplies for such a trip They had no idea what would be available to them, and actually did find that there were times when there was very li [...]

    23. This was my first Ambrose work, and I have to say, he isn t my favorite historian ignoring the possible plagiarism controversy that I m just going to ignore He is a bit dry for my taste I can handle dry when I think that something is rather fascinating, but he went on at a very slow pace in this novel and coupled with his plain narrative I just wasn t gripped That said, his presentation of the information was chronological, informative, easy to follow, and unpretentious He inserts points to thin [...]

    24. This took me forever to read Not because it s a bad book quite the contrary I loved it It s well written and has excellent footnotes and maps There s just SO MUCH information in here, and I got frustrated with it and was like OH FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE, LEWIS AND CLARK, WOULD YOU JUST GET HOME ALREADY and then they get home, but there s still story because there s the whole what are we going to do with all these discoveries thing It really gives you some insight to how they must have felt spending [...]

    25. I recently moved from the midwest to Oregon Shortly after arriving here I realized that I needed to know about the Lewis and Clark Expedition You can t really understand any region without basic exposure to it s history It would be naive to think that happened here 200 years ago no longer has an impact on our daily life as Oregonians With that in mind, I started to read the online version of the LC journals that are published on a website maintained by The University of Nebraska It wasn t long i [...]

    26. This was extremely thorough and very good He not only explains what happened but also Jefferson s mentality, Lewis desire to please Jefferson, the complete naivety of the expedition toward the Indians they encountered and how much Sacajawea helped them but didn t get much recognition in the journals I love the remedies for the men amazing they lived through them Men woke up feeling poorly We bled them, gave them some laxatives, bleed them some , a good dose of mercury and we were on our way

    27. I loved this book A detailed look into the minds of Jefferson, Lewis and Clark Lewis hit the pinnacle of life on his journey, however his life was cut short with bouts of depression Very sad This book gives you the feel that you re there step by step on the expedition You learn so much of what they experienced along the way.

    28. What these men did was amazing Still, this book takes longer to read than it did for Lewis and Clark to reach the pacific ocean.

    29. There is so much to the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition than I ever imagined As I read this book, I was constantly surprised by extremely interesting facts that gave me a whole new appreciation and understanding of their adventure The book focuses on Lewis and Jefferson than on Clark, so I sometimes found myself wanting to know about him Since we ll soon be visiting Oregon and their winter camp there, I intended to read only that section, but I quickly found myself turning back to the [...]

    30. As a history teacher, I really enjoyed this look at the Lewis Clark expedition It makes me want to go explore the areas that Lewis Clark travelled through.

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