River of Doubt

River of Doubt

Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

Book - 2005
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The true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing 1914 exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth, 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 tributary of the Amazon. He 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. Yet he accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2005
Edition: 1st paperback ed
ISBN: 9780767913737
Characteristics: xi, 416 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm


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Feb 28, 2017

One of the best I've read, ever.

Oct 13, 2016

A great, GREAT read.

multcolib_susannel Sep 20, 2015

This is the riveting story of Col Rondon and Theodore Roosevelt's search to survey and chart one of the longest, most turbulent tributary of the Amazon.
The details of the Amazon Rainforest life and people are amazing.

KCLSRecommends Oct 22, 2014

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 tributary of the Amazon.

Sep 15, 2014

This is a story that should be told.
Watching the Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelts set the stage for the times in which Teddy lived, but it left more questions than answers. This book tells the rest of the story in a way that only a writer with a background from the National Geographic could. The mistakes Teddy made were caused part by arrogance, part by ignorance, and part by courage. As best as they could be they were overcome by Teddy's overwhelming spirit.
Since this is a historical novel it's not a spoiler to say that the end of this book was not what I'd hoped it would be. A very sad end for an extremely interesting man and his eldest son that both shaped history and was trapped by it. Bully.

Aug 05, 2014

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The story of Theodore Roosevelt's exploration in 1914 of an unchartered Amazon River. Reads like a novel.

Jun 16, 2014

An excellent book with a well-researched base. I enjoyed learning about exploration in the early 20th century, about Roosevelt and about the Amazon.

May 22, 2014

Read this till they get to the river, then switch to Roosevelt's Beast...when they get to the river....and there is the actual video of the trip on YouTube......

May 26, 2012

One of the best adventure books i have ever read. Captures the character and courage of these explorers brilliantly

Candice Millard has written a masterpiece. It richly deserves a place on any book collector's book shelf....easily 5 stars

Dec 30, 2010

Wow, the courage and determination of those explorers was incredible! What a book... 5 stars.

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