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 : Doubleday, 2005.
ISBN: 9780385507967
0385507968
Characteristics: ix, 416 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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SPPL_János Mar 22, 2018

Only Theodore Roosevelt could have turned a 1914 speaking tour of South America into an expedition down an uncharted Amazonian river. Accompanied by his son Kermit, American naturalist George Cherrie, Brazil's famous explorer Cândido Rondon, and a team of porters, the former president very nearly died and 3 party members were lost. Millard augments the usual diaries and historical sources with digressions on ecology, geology, and anthropology to underscore the extreme peril of the region.

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superreader64
Feb 01, 2018

Awesome! Highly recommend it.

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etfutdet
Feb 28, 2017

One of the best I've read, ever.

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d3ssm1113r
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.

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ADULT_SUMMER
Aug 05, 2014

patron review

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

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cingraham
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.

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christopherfry
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......

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puri83
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

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