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Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  149 ratings  ·  15 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
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 31st 1999 by Knopf (first published 1997)
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Hom Sack
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
Connie Kronlokken
I spent yesterday reading this great picto/journey. Just the right amount of detail and interest.
Randy Miller
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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.
Joe O'c
Excellent; companion to PBS series, this reviews the Lewis and Clark expedition to traverse the early US to the Pacific Ocean.
I listened to this audiobook read by Ken Burns years ago. It's a wonderful telling of one of America's grandest adventures.
What an amazing adventure. Wonderfully related by Duncan and Ken Burns.
It was amazing that many of the party survived. For most this was their life
I even got Katie to read it and she enjoyed it. Great book.
Shelby Holloway
Great details regarding Lewis and Clark expeditions.
Rick Wong
nothing overpowering. Nice quick read.
Erin Scott
This book was fantastic
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