This Vast Land by Stephen E. Ambrose
A Young Man's Journal of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

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In a story muscled with truth and imagination, Stephen E. Ambrose (1936-2002) recounts the epoch-making 1803 expedition of Lewis and Clark through the words of a young man. Finding foes and friends among Natives, surviving sickness and hunger, choosing between a woman and the life he left behind, George Shannon grows up as the corps forges a way west.

Drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of the subject, Ambrose creates the fictional diary of nineteen-year-old George Shannon, who was in fact the youngest member of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery. He conjures the journey west with stunning clarity, calling on the bravery of Daniel Boone, the pragmatic courage of Sacajawea, the overarching, relentless vision of Meriwether Lewis.

This is a book for young readers as well as for those who are looking for new insights into the Northwest Passage. Ambrose's vivid characters, his page-turning account, and the map that charts the explorers' route manifest the spirit of one nation and her indelible destiny.

 

About Stephen E. Ambrose

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Stephen E. Ambrose (1936-2002) was one of contemporary America's most renowned historians. His many best-selling books include Citizen Soldiers; Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West; D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II, as well as Nothing Like It in the World, The Good Fight: How World War II Was Won, and Band of Brothers, which became a television movie. Most recently To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian was published posthumously. Ambrose was the founder of the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans and during his lifetime won the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award, the Will Rogers Memorial Award, and the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal from the Department of Defense.
 
Published September 1, 2003 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 304 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though Lewis and Clark and several others kept journals on the famous 1803 journey, this is not one of them.

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The late Stephen Ambrose, world-renowned historian, completed this fictionalized journal of the Lewis and Clark expedition's youngest member, George Shannon, just before his death.

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