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The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
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Mar 19, 2012

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

I really didn't know much about Theodore Roosevelt - considered him a caricature - a gung ho, tiresome cheerleader without much depth.
This New York Times Notable book by Candice Millard reveals a man whose moral compass was true and who was deeply committed to goodness as well as strength. Millard takes the reader into the soul of her chosen subjects. And the Teddy Roosevelt she reveals is affecting.
Roosevelt believed a person is incapable of disguising his true character in perilous conditions such as this expedition endured while exploring and mapping an uncharted river in the Amazon.
We discover a man who lived what he preached. He was disciplined and generous and good company despite being near death. I felt I was there in the wild world of the Amazon with them because Millard's writing paints the soaring trees and thousands of strange insects so beautifully.
I'll read anything this woman writes!
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