Fastpaced account of the South American River journey that hastened TRs early death a few years later. What started out as a sight-seeing trip turned into a journey of exploration of the River of Doubt--then the official name of a river nearly a thousand miles long that had never been mapped. Ex-President Teddy was invited to make the journey casually by Brazilian politicians, and when he accepted, the team of leaders and Brazilian Telegraph workers ended up on a journey that involved deaths, capsized dugout canoes, and Indian encounters any of which could have left the entire team dead.
As it was, TR became deathly ill from an infection and malaria, and in fact at one point he told the team to go forward without him so he could put himself out of his misery. The team (including TRs own son) refused, and he and the rest just made it out alive.
Millard tells the tale with few wasted words and keeps the pace cracking like a page-turning novel.
This extremely well-written book goes into great detail about Teddy Roosevelt's South American trip after the 1912 election, and his travel down an unknown river. In the recent "When Trumpets Call" this journey had been mentioned in a chapter, but this entire book is basically devoted to that trip, and it goes into great, and interesting, detail about it. This was a dangerous and potentially fatal excursion, and it almost cost TR his life. The trip also showed his unbounded courage in the face of … more
Candice Millard tells the riveting true story of an obscure event in the sprawling life of Theodore Roosevelt. Had this story been a work of fiction, it would have seemed less believable than a made-for-television melodrama. But fiction it is not; it is fact, more thrilling than fiction. Millard's meticulous attention to detail, coupled with her page-turning writing style offers the reader a story hard to put down. Add to that the fame of the leading character, the father-son … more
I love reading and writing about what I have read, making the connections and marking the comparisons and contrasts. God has given man the amazing power to invent language and the means to record it which … more
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Contents: Defeat -- Opportunity -- Preparation -- On the open sea -- A change of plans -- Beyond the frontier -- Disarray and tragedy -- Hard choices -- Warnings from the dead -- The unknown -- Pole and paddle, axe and machete -- The living jungle -- On the ...