Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose
Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West

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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.
 

About Stephen E. Ambrose

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Dr. Stephen Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than thirty books. Among his "New York Times" bestsellers are "Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944, " and "Undaunted Courage". Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and a contributing editor for the "Quarterly Journal of Military History". He also participated in numerous national television programs, including shows appearing on the History Channel and "National Geographic.
 
Published April 23, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 521 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Self Help. Non-fiction

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In a splendid retelling of a great story, Ambrose chronicles Lewis and Clark's epic 1803-06 journey across the continent and back.

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Ambrose has written prolifically about men who were larger than life: Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Colonel Custer. Here he takes on half of the two-headed hero of American exploration: Meriwether

Feb 12 1996 | Read Full Review of Undaunted Courage: Meriwether...

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Jefferson hand-picked Lewis for the great cross-country trek, and Lewis in turn picked William Clark to accompany him.

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With “Undaunted Courage, Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West”, Stephen Ambrose has written a fascinating book that brings to life the journey of Lewis and Clark, a piece of American history that most people have heard about but of which few know many details.

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Trudy Rubin

So we’d follow along, and at night we’d have our campfire and sit around reading aloud from those journals about exactly where we were and where we’d been that day.” Accordingly, “Undaunted Courage” crackles with the same gritty authenticity that distinguished previous Ambrose bestsellers such a...

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