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Preview — Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose
They knew only of the world east of the Mississippi River, and they entered what (to them) was “the heart of darkness,” for which ...more
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 b ...more
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 i ...more
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 ...more
Interesting factoids contained in the book:
Eating Dogs, Horses, roots and enjoying them
ONLY ONE MAN DIED!
Enjoy. It is a great book!
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 attit ...more
With that in mind, I started to read the online version of the L&C journals that are published on a website maintained by The University of Nebraska. It wa ...more
But yet, a brother-in-law had given it to me--and really liked it--so I couldn't throw it out. And my buddy Russell named his first born son after a member of the Lewis & Clark expedition. (You'll have to call him and ask. Hint:It's neither lewis nor clark nor Sacagawea). So I brought it with me on a trip, my sole reading ...more
Special mention should be made of the judicious way th ...more
It's really an amazing true-life adventure when you consider the terrain, the Indians, the climate, the time, the distance and all the other perils of nature. Only one man from the expedition was lost and that was due to appendicitis. A great read for history l ...more
It covers the breadth of Lewis’ life. Starting by setting up the conditions in which he was born, his early military career and initial conta ...more
Undaunted Courage chronicles the story of Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition, Thomas Jefferson’s dream of America’s expansion, and the events leading up to and after the expedition. Well, this is a nonfiction novel so I can’t pick apart characters or plots. That’s probably my biggest problem with Undaunted Courage it offers no great excitement besides that Indian battle. I read 50 full pages and then decided the easiest way to get through and enjoy t...more
across North America to the Pacific Ocean. I learned a great deal from the book and was left in awe of many aspects of daily life at the time, the unexploited natural abundance of The Plains and Pacific Northwest, and the rigors endured by 31 men and one woman across 4,100 miles in the early 19th century.
I was utterly impressed with the breadth of skill and learning Lewis possessed for being such a young man (th ...more