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Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  193 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
The companion volume to Ken Burns's PBS documentary film, with more than 150 illustrations, most in full color.

In the spring of 1804, at the behest of President Thomas Jefferson, a party of explorers called the Corps of Discovery crossed the Mississippi River and started up the Missouri, heading west into the newly acquired Louisiana Territory.

The expedition, led by two re
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 31st 1999 by Knopf (first published 1997)
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Ken Hoffner
Jan 18, 2017 Ken Hoffner rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book on its own about the L&C expedition, and there is a companion documentary film by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan based on this book that brings these pages to life.
Hom Sack
Jan 26, 2011 Hom Sack rated it it was amazing
Excellent companion to the PBS documentary. Of course, it has more details. I particularly enjoyed the followup about Patrick Gass:

When Sergeant Patrick Gass was 60, he married 20-year-old Marie Hamilton, and they had six children. He was 90 when he volunteed to fight in the Civil War. And he was almost 99 when he died in West Virginia, the last surviving member of the Corps of Discovery.


and the sentimental comment by Stephen Ambrose on the subject of friendship:

Friendship is different from a
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Randy Miller
Jun 17, 2011 Randy Miller rated it liked it
This book was a great visual display of the expedition, with photos of original COD items and photos of the Indian tribes the COD encountered (taken 50-100 years later). The narrative is a bit slow going and lacks the excitement and detail of Stephen Ambrose's classic "Undaunted Courage". The book is a companion to the Ken Burns PBS series of the same name. The video series is well worth watching for people interested in this expedition.
Jake
Jul 07, 2009 Jake rated it liked it
Read a bit more like a text book than I expected, although it would have been sweet to read in middle or high school. A couple of friends and I are planning to retrace the trail taken by the Corps of Discovery by more modern means, and I thought this would be a good thing to read beforehand. Also, some of the turn-of-the-century photographs of plains and Rockies Indians are fucking sweet.
Ratforce
Nov 15, 2012 Ratforce added it
Shelves: history
You might have already discovered Dayton Duncan’s book Lewis & Clark: An Illustrated History. With many wonderful pictures and chock full of information, this book is a delight for Lewis and Clark fans.
Mark
Aug 20, 2007 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: history
I read this to get ready for writing a story for part of our Lewis & Clark series, and so I was looking for concise account of the trip. I thought this one was very well done, and because it was a companion to a Ken Burns documentary, it had lots of great illustrations as well.
Dave
Nov 08, 2008 Dave rated it liked it
Technical but full of pictures and drawings documenting the Lewis and Clark journey. It is a 3 star but that is 3 stars if you are looking for factual documentation of this historical event not a 3 star meaning anyone at anytime would enjoy it. Understand?
Pieter
Jan 01, 2008 Pieter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this audiobook read by Ken Burns years ago. It's a wonderful telling of one of America's grandest adventures.
Joe O'c
Aug 28, 2009 Joe O'c rated it really liked it
Excellent; companion to PBS series, this reviews the Lewis and Clark expedition to traverse the early US to the Pacific Ocean.
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Fantastic!! A good mix of actual journal entries, plain historical facts, and the flair of storytelling, this book was an adventure.
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