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The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
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Jan 22, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical
Read in January, 2010

Most people born after 1950 have no real appreciation for how absolutely over-the-top amazing Theodore Roosevelt was. He is largely remembered as a rather gung-ho politician that charged up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War and beyond that, not much is remembered of him.

Edmund Morris has written one of the best biographies of Roosevelt, but Candice Millard's account of Theodore Roosevelt's journey down the Amazon takes us into the real heart of this legendary man. Roosevelt himself wrote a book about this amazing journey that very nearly cost Roosevelt his life. The story is harrowing seems like the stuff of early movies about jungle adventures.

One of the aspects that Millard provides that is not present in the Roosevelt autobiographical version is what the consequences of this trip were. Roosevelt's health never fully recovered and he eventually died. His son Kermit would go on to kill himself.

For readers of non-fiction and historical accounts, this is as good as it gets.

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