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Lewis was undoubtedly the greatest pathfinder this country has ever had. The crucial expedition that he and William Clark led up the Missouri River opened up the American West. This award-winning biography chronicles that bold voyage and probes the lesser known aspects of Lewis's life: his youth in Virginia, his close relationship with Thomas Jefferson, his turbulent caree ...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Western Tanager
(first published 1965)
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In general a very good book, but Dillon goes awry with his passionate and unconvincing case that Lewis did not commit suicide. Dillon's evidence is thin, his logic is faulty, and his passion betrays a bias inappropriate for a biographer. This fault raises, in my mind, serious questions about the reliability of much of the rest of the book.