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River of Doubt

Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
Millard, Candice (Book - 2006)
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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 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, 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. From the soaring beauty of the Amazon rain forest to the darkest night of Theodore Roosevelt's life, here is Candice Millard's dazzling debut.
Authors: Millard, Candice
Title: River of doubt
Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2006
Characteristics: xi, 416 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., map, ports. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Candice Millard
Notes: "First Anchor Books (Broadway Books) edition, 2006" -- t.p. verso
Contents: Defeat
Opportunity
Preparation
On the open sea
A change of plans
Beyond the frontier
Disarray and tragedy
Hard choices
Warnings from the dead
The unknown
Pole and paddle, axe and machete
The living jungle
On the ink-black river
Twitching through the woods
The wild water
Danger afloat, danger ashore
Death in the rapids
Attack
The wide belts
Hunger
The myth of "beneficent nature"
"I will stop here"
Missing
The worst in a man
"He who kills must die"
Judgment
The cauldron
The rubber men
A pair of flags
ISBN: 0767913736
9780767913737
Branch Call Number: B-R781miL 2006
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [395]-402) and index
Subject Headings: Amazon River Valley Description and travel Roosevelt River (Brazil) Description and travel Presidents United States Biography Natural history Amazon River Valley Rain forests Amazon River Valley Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition (1913-1914) Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 Travel Brazil Roosevelt River
Topical Term: Presidents
Natural history
Rain forests
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Another engaging, page-turner by Candice Millard (also recommended: Destiny of the Republic). This one is about Theodore Roosevelt's ill-fated trip to the Amazon after the deaths of his wife and daughter.

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.

This chronicles the 1914 expedition of Theodore Roosevelt into the unexplored heart of the Amazon basin to explore and map the region surrounding a tributary called the River of Doubt, detailing the perilous conditions they faced. This is nonfiction as full of adventure and vivid characters as an... Read More »

In 1912 Roosevelt ran as an independent, splitting the vote and putting his Democratic challenger in the White House. He did the most manly thing he could find and joined an expedition to map an uncharted tributary of the Amazon. What could go wrong? Everything. What you don't know, can kill you.... Read More »


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Oct 22, 2014
  • KCLSRecommends rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • RandyKC rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

patron review

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

Jun 16, 2014
  • cingraham rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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 26, 2012
  • puri83 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • mosoak99 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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