The River of Doubt

The River of Doubt

Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

eBook - 2009
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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, Cândido 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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group


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Feb 28, 2017

One of the best I've read, ever.

Oct 13, 2016

A great, GREAT read.

multcolib_susannel Sep 20, 2015

This is the riveting story of Col Rondon and Theodore Roosevelt's search to survey and chart one of the longest, most turbulent tributary of the Amazon.
The details of the Amazon Rainforest life and people are amazing.

KCLSRecommends Oct 22, 2014

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 tributary of the Amazon.

Aug 05, 2014

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The story of Theodore Roosevelt's exploration in 1914 of an unchartered Amazon River. Reads like a novel.

Jun 16, 2014

An excellent book with a well-researched base. I enjoyed learning about exploration in the early 20th century, about Roosevelt and about the Amazon.

May 22, 2014

Read this till they get to the river, then switch to Roosevelt's Beast...when they get to the river....and there is the actual video of the trip on YouTube......

May 26, 2012

One of the best adventure books i have ever read. Captures the character and courage of these explorers brilliantly

Candice Millard has written a masterpiece. It richly deserves a place on any book collector's book shelf....easily 5 stars

Dec 30, 2010

Wow, the courage and determination of those explorers was incredible! What a book... 5 stars.

Oct 18, 2010

After losing the 1912 election, Theodore Roosevelt set off to explore an uncharted river deep in the Amazon forest. Among the men who accompanied him were his son Kermit, and the reknowned explorer Candido Rondon.

The hardships that the men faced, such as disease, starvation, fear of Indian attacks, insects, deadly snakes, and more, pushed the men to the limits of human endurance, leaving Roosevelt with his life hanging in the balance.

I really liked this book for several reasons. Roosevelt's larger-than-life personality made for interesting reading, and I found the complicated personality of his son, Kermit, equally interesting. The account, itself was thrilling and adventurous. Millard's writing neither detracted from, nor enhanced the story - exactly right for a non-fiction author.

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