River of Doubt

River of Doubt

Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

Audiobook CD - 2005
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At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.
The River of Doubt--it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.
After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil's most famous explorer, Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.
Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.
From the soaring beauty of the Amazon rain forest to the darkest night of Theodore Roosevelt's life, here is Candice Millard's dazzling debut.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, [2005]
Edition: Abridged
Copyright Date: ℗2005
ISBN: 9780739323038
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
plastic,metal,4 3/4 in.,1.4 m/s,mass-produced
digital,1.4 m/s,stereo


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Oct 24, 2017

I highly recommend this book.

Compelling story. The author does a great job of describing the harrowing trip through uncharted areas of the Amazon rain forest.

Her writing style is fluid and spell-binding...it reads like a novel.

My only complaint [which is NOT the fault of the author]...is being irritated that Roosevelt and his son were treated too much like kings. ie...the several times where due to weight issues, everyone had to shed any and everything that is NOT absolutely needed, yet we find out Teddy still has 6 pairs of spectacles [even though these don't weigh much, it makes me wonder how much of everything else he has] and Kermit has a bunch of heavy books. Or the times the Workers, nearly starved, are doing very heavy lifting, for days, and Teddy and son are lounging in chairs reading or whatnot, trying to pass the time.


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notTom Dec 16, 2010

Theodore Roosevelt always coped with extreme hardship by turning to adventures fraught with action and danger, whether it be as a cowboy in the Dakota Territory or on safari across the continent of Africa. So when he experienced a crushing defeat in the 1912 presidential election, Roosevelt agreed to a tour of South America in 1913, and while there, was convinced to descend an unmapped river in the wilderness of Western Brazil. It was named the River of Doubt: the headwaters had been discovered only fours earlier by the Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon, and nobody knew exactly where the river emptied. Roosevelt, with an expedition including his son Kermit and Rondon, embarked on a quest of discovery through virgin jungle amidst disease, poisonous snakes, piranhas, impassable rapids, pestilential insects, and hostile native tribes to literally put the river on the map. This would be the last great adventure for the legendary Theodore Roosevelt, and, undoubtedly, his most difficult.


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