Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Stephen E. Ambrose, Cotter Smith, Simon & Schuster Audio: Audible Audiobooks epub – Stg2bio.co

The western half of the United States in 1800 was a vast unknown land so President Thomas Jefferson asked Meriwether Lewis to lead an expedition to find a way from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean and to describe the country and peoples that he found in that huge blank on the map.On 22 May 1804 Lewis, his partner William Clark and their expedition set out from St Louis, Missouri and after a momentous journey across the great plains and over the Rocky Mountains he camped beside the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Columbia River on 10 November 1805.Stephen Ambrose in his sweeping account of the journey of the first white Americans to cross the unknown part of the continent brings the events vividly to life and when reading his account I tried to imagine what the country was like before white Americans settled there and built their towns, cities, railways and roads Reading the original words of Lewis s diaries can be quite difficult because of the way he uses language so Ambrose performs a valuable service for us by putting into modern language Lewis s words Clearly this is a labour of love for Ambrose who has himself followed in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and he tells the story of the jouirney in such a way as to make it difficult for you to put the book down once you have started reading it.It is a terrific book and I thoroughly recommend it to everyone and as someone who has seen for himself some years ago the magnificent country that the expedition crossed I think Ambrose has told the story in a way that is truly memorable and enjoyable. Bought as a present for a history buff. This is an amazing book You have to persevere past the first part where all the statistics are written in some detail, but it is well worth it The expedition was a huge undertaking and it makes for a read that is hard to put down We read it quite a few years ago, but bought it again to give to our grandson who needs to understand the phenomenal courage and the tremendous ordeals of our early adventurers. For me this book struck the right balance between detail and narrative and I found it a good read The author seems to have an even handed opinion of Lewis, praising him for his skills and achievements but not shying away from his faults and shortcomings.As ever in this type of book the maps are crucial and in this I thought the book did ok but not great. Gripping Easy read A tale I knew little of previously Excellent. Good quality item pleased. Captain Meriwether Lewis was hand picked by President Thomas Jefferson to explore and acquire the American West In , Lewis and his partner William Clark led an expedition up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean and back They endured incredible hardships and saw amazing sights Stephen Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information to provide a colorful and realistic backdrop for the expedition, as seen through Lewis eyes Adventure, politics, suspense, drama, diplomacy, romance and personal tragedy combine to make this outstanding work of scholarship as engaging as any work of fiction Very good read Stephen E Ambrose noto soprattutto per i suoi saggi sulla II Guerra Mondiale, per cui stata per me una sorpresa imbattermi per caso in un suo testo sulla spedizione di Lewis e Clark.Cercavo un testo completo ed esauriente sull argomento, e questo testo ha pienamente soddisfatto le mie aspettative esso in realt una biografia di Meriwether Lewis ma, considerato il fatto che la spedizione costitu il pi grande compimento della sua vita e la morte sopravvenuta poco dopo, si traduce per il 70% nel racconto della spedizione stessa.Il testo presenta alcune interessanti digressioni sulla figura di Thomas Jefferson tra i padri fondatori della nazione americana ma la cui importanza pressoch ignota al lettore italiano e sul suo significato per la fondazione degli Stati Uniti come sono oggi.Il racconto avvincente ed estremamente completo, scritto in un inglese semplice e con un piglio divulgativo.Ovviamente lo consiglierei a coloro che sono interessati all argomento in s chi non cercasse una monografia sulla spedizione ma qualcosa di pi ampio sulla Frontiera di inizio 800 rimarrebbe in parte deluso. this is a great book about an important part of the history of the US, but it is than that, it is a book on leadership because it narrates the motivations, courage and determination of a group of individuals to achieve a goal that, at the time, seemed unachiaveable.Excellent prose I do recommend this book