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Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. Juni 1997

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A biography of Meriwether Lewis that relies heavily on the journals of both Lewis and Clark, this book is also backed up by the author's personal travels along Lewis and Clark's route to the Pacific. Ambrose is not content to simply chronicle the events of the "Corps of Discovery" as the explorers called their ventures. He often pauses to assess the military leadership of Lewis and Clark, how they negotiated with various native peoples and what they reported to Jefferson. Though the expedition failed to find Jefferson's hoped for water route to the Pacific, it fired interest among fur traders and other Americans, changing the face of the West forever. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Ken Burns Stephen Ambrose is that rare breed: a historian with true passion for his subject. Here he takes one of the great, but also one of the most superficially considered, stories in American history and breathes fresh life into it. Lewis comes alive as we've never known him.

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This is indeed a fascinating story, well worth reading. As intimate an account as is feasible 200 years or so after the event. Ambrose does make it plausible that Lewis and Clark were indeed great leaders, who accomplished an extremely difficult feat. Certainly they were not perfect - but who was? Obviously they have to be seen within the context of their age. This book is well written, but with a little too much routine. What I sadly miss in the book are good maps, and a good sense of place and movement. It is not always easy to follow this trip on an atlas, which would be part of the experience. Ambrose is struggling to be politically correct and some of his words on minorities are stereotype and condescending. Occasionally he breaks out into glorification of American history and his comparisons of late 18th century colonial Virginia with ancient Athens are, frankly, rediculous. The lasting impression of this book: how many good experiences the explorers did have with the native Americans, who seemed to have been mostly helpful, understanding and peaceful, at least towards the whites. These "savages" no more deserve that term than the ruthless immigrants who left wars behind them in Europe and carried on warring in the New World.
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High adventure, personal courage, leadership, faith. They're all splendidly recounted in one of history's greatest adventure stories -- most amazing because it actually happened. An excellent narrative history, this is the kind of book that can connect one to this country's past. Lewis and Clark become much more than the reference point most of us learned about in school. Their struggles as well as personal failings are well detailed making the journey of these remarkable individuals a wonderful yarn.
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Were it not for fascinating books of American history, like this one, episodes of our illustrious, and tragic, past might be easily forgotten. That the Lewis and Clark expedition is an interesting story is an understatement, but what sets this book apart from other interesting books of history is that Ambrose does not allow the reader to shelter himself/herself from the hard personal questions about leadership and personal tragedy. I found myself reflecting on my own style of leadership, and my own personal failures and triumphs. A novel of exploration could not have been better written nor conceived.
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If my history teacher had graded this book, she no
doubt would have reminded us that we cannot
forget good writing when we leave English class.
The content was fascinating, but the style was
turgid and boring. Ironically, Anbrose criticizes
Lewis' writing in a sentence that is 8 1/2 lines
long!
I learned a lot about the times in which Lewis
lived, but what was surprisingly weak was the
sense of wonder at the
magnificent discoveries the expedition made.
This was especially surprising in light of
Ambrose's personal interest in the outdoors.
It was an interesting book, but why is everyone
raving
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"Undaunted Courage" covers events of the late 18th and early 19th centuries that preclude and culminated in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Included are the backgrounds of the expedition's leaders, and the tragic epilogue to the adventure for Meriwether Lewis.
The group of exceptional people that participated in the expedition was referred to as the "Corps of Discovery" by Captain Meriwether Lewis.
The newly formed and expanding United States of America were in an economic, political and cultural competition for control of the rich resources west of the Mississippi river. President Thomas Jefferson who had purchased the Louisiana territory in order to secure the nation's place in that competition, did so without actually knowing for sure its potential, since no one had been there to evaluate or map it. Jefferson needed someone to find out what it was he purchased from the French. He searched for and found in Meriwether Lewis a singular human being who proved to have the desire and capability to organize and implement one of the greatest explorations of all times. The exploration originated in the nation's capitol, began its penetration of wilderness at St. Louis on the Mississippi river, traversed the entire Missouri and Columbia rivers to the pacific coast and returned again to the Mississippi river, all in a 3 year span of time.
In his book Steven Ambrose has undertaken the extensive task of compiling and chronicling the birth and execution of the Corps' incredible journey across the early 19th century American western wilderness. These compilations and interpretations probe beyond pure historic fact to explore the character and personalities of the expeditions proponents, participants and critics.
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One elaborate sentence governed the emergence of the American West. It was penned by President Thomas Jefferson to Captain Meriwether Lewis, in 1803: "The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri river, & such principal stream of it, as, by it's [sic] course and communication with the waters of the Pacific ocean, whether the Columbia, Oregan [sic], Colorado or any other river may offer the most direct & practicable water communication across this continent for the purposes of commerce." With Jefferson's pronouncement the stage is set for Stephen E. Ambrose and Undaunted Courage, his masterful re-telling of the story of the Corps of Discovery, as the expedition members were called, and especially of Lewis, its 30 year-old commander.

Foregoing a college education to take over running of the family plantation in Virginia, Lewis was at an early age already an established member of the community. When the Louisiana Purchase became reality, it was to Lewis, his Private Secretary and friend of two years, that Jefferson turned to head the expedition.

Accordingly, in May, 1804 Lewis, joined by William Clark and 29 others, crossed the Missouri and began his famous trek to explore the vast plains and mountains beyond the then-limits of civilization. Twenty-eight months later they emerged from the wilderness to a country that had never really expected to see them again.

Early chapters are devoted to circumstances surrounding the outfitting of the expedition. Then, in Chapter 8 we set out on this tremendous voyage of discovery, a monumental undertaking that would prove to be a watermark of scientific knowledge of the new continent, achieving high praise for some, and grave disappointment to others.
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