Fresh, new story of Lewis & Clark in you-are-there language,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West (Taschenbuch)
This is a fresh, new story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition which brought about major expansion of U.S. land and population. A thorough researcher, author Stephen Ambrose provides new insights into the character and motivation of those who conceived the Expedition and those who carried it out. Undaunted Courage is written in day-by-day "you are there" language... you feel the excitement, danger, brutal hardship and triumphs that this courageous band of thirty experienced during the two-year period of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, May 1804 to September, 1806.
You experience fully these profound events in our history because writer Ambrose is particularly skillful at presenting vivid word pictures of our country at the time Jefferson became president, March 4, 1801. The U. S. Population was over five-million. Our smaller boundaries ranged from the Atlantic to the Mississippi, the Great Lakes and the Gulf Most people lived within fifty miles of water: the interior was a vast, unexplored wilderness.
Nothing, in those days, moved faster than a horse, and as far as anybody knew, nothing ever would. That's why Jefferson promoted finding a water route to the Pacific. It took six weeks to move information overland from the Mississippi River to Washington D.C. Sixty years later, when Lincoln took office, information moved almost instantly by telegraph.
New research brought to light in this best seller reaffirms the towering stature of the leading players, Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark. Throughout the book, one becomes increasingly aware of the extraordinarily high degree of energy, intelligence, intuitive judgement and sheer physical prowess of these historical figures, particularly Thomas Jefferson, who stands out as a brilliant thinker-and-doer in the development and growth of this country, yet not without his own quixotic, very human foibles.
For anyone with a genuine interest on how America came to be, this is surely a must-read book.
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