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Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West

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By (author) Stephen E Ambrose, Read by Barrett Whitener

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER AUDIO
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 152mm x 56mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 17 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Riverside
  • ISBN 10: 0743579291
  • ISBN 13: 9780743579292
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,302,731

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From the bestselling author of "Band of Brothers" and "D-Day," the definitive book on Lewis and Clark's exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, the most momentous expedition in American history and one of the great adventure stories of all time. In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and back. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, made the first map of the trans-Mississippi West, provided invaluable scientific data on the flora and fauna of the Louisiana Purchase territory, and established the American claim to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information about weather, terrain, and medical knowledge at the time to provide a vivid backdrop for the expedition. Lewis is supported by a rich variety of colorful characters, first of all Jefferson himself, whose interest in exploring and acquiring the American West went back thirty years. Next comes Clark, a rugged frontiersman whose love for Lewis matched Jefferson's. There are numerous Indian chiefs, and Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition, along with the French-Indian hunter Drouillard, the great naturalists of Philadelphia, the French and Spanish fur traders of St. Louis, John Quincy Adams, and many more leading political, scientific, and military figures of the turn of the century. High adventure, high politics, suspense, drama, and diplomacy combine with high romance and personal tragedy to make this outstanding work of scholarship as readable as a novel.

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Ken Burns Stephen Ambrose is that rare breed: a historian with true passion for his subject. Here he takes one of the great, but also one of the most superficially considered, stories in American history and breathes fresh life into it. Lewis comes alive as we've never known him.