Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose

by PennPaddler

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

On a rare occasion I discover a book that I think about through my entire day and wish my day to end so that I may dive into it again, and Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose is one of those books. I’ve read the Lewis and Clark Journals and determined Undaunted Courage is a much more interesting read.

It’s not just another Lewis and Clark  book repeating entires from the journals but a more complete description of the members and accounts of the Corps of Discovery. You will learn about the personalities of Lewis and Clark, how Thomas Jefferson influenced the event, and the role the military and the Native Americans played in this historical event.

Wilderness canoers might appreciate this book for it’s detailed descriptions of traveling on the Missouri River and throughout the West and how the exploration changed the face of the West forever. I highly recommend this book to any paddler or outdoor enthusiasts who has an appreciation of American History.

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Tom Love March 13, 2010 at 10:03 pm

I read the book and I can’t agree with you more. It’s my favorite book.

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