Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier

Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier

'This was much more than a bunch of guys out on an exploring and collecting expedition. This was a military expedition into hostile territory'. In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a pioneering voyage across the Great Plains and into the Rockies. It was completely uncharted territory; a wild, vast land ruled by the Indians. Charismatic and brave, Lewis was the perfect choice and he experienced the savage North American continent before any other white man. UNDAUNTED COURAGE is the tale of a hero, but it is also a tragedy. Lewis may have received a hero's welcome on his return to Washington in 1806, but his discoveries did not match the president's fantasies of sweeping, fertile plains ripe for the taking. Feeling the expedition had been a failure, Lewis took to drink and piled up debts. Full of colourful characters - Jefferson, the president obsessed with conquering the west; William Clark, the rugged frontiersman; Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition; Drouillard, the French-Indian hunter - this is one of the great adventure stories of all time and it shot to the top of the US bestseller charts. Drama, suspense, danger and diplomacy combine with romance and personal tragedy making UNDAUNTED COURAGE an outstanding work of scholarship and a thrilling adventure.

Title:Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780743477888
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  • Karen

    The oddest little historical fact that has stayed with me from reading this book is the squirrel migration. At the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition, there were apparently so many squirrels in th...

  • Michael

    This is an expansion of my past micro-review reflecting on a read from 2008:Very satisfying read about the Lewis and Clark expedition, with a focus on Lewis and his relationship to Jefferson. To me it...

  • Graham

    Lewis and Clark... the actual story.This is the ultimate adventure. A bunch of dudes, in totally uncharted territory, trying to to make it there and back alive. What I loved:-it shows Indians both goo...

  • J.K. Grice

    The Lewis and Clark expedition is one of the most fascinating aspects of American history. Ambrose does an impeccable job of chronicling the journey, as well as details before and after the adventure....

  • Michael O'Brien

    This is one of the best books on exploration and great explorers I have ever read. As a kid growing up in the Pacific Northwest, there were numerous reminders via place names of these explorers named ...

  • Jan-Maat

    I've been weighing up whether or not to read this again, that I feel some resistance to journeying up the Missouri to the pacific coast again in its company probably rules against it, perhaps I might ...

  • Bob Mayer

    Perhaps I'm tainted by revelations about the author's techniques that were revealed late in his life. But also, understanding what really happened on this journey, makes me think that without the Nati...

  • SJ Loria

    To do list - Defend “pop history,” talk about America I was on the phone with a history major friend of mine and I told him I had just finished Undaunted Courage. He chuckled and told me Stephen ...

  • Chrissie

    First I want to thank Michael for suggesting I read this book. I really did like it. A definite four star read. Who doesn't know about the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803-1806, and of Sacajawea?! Y...

  • Ed

    This biography of Meriwether Lewis must have been a daunting task and Stephen Ambrose was certainly up to it.The sections of the book covering the Lewis and Clark Expedition are as well written as any...