The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

The River of Doubt Theodore Roosevelt s Darkest Journey 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 river

  • Title: The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
  • Author: Candice Millard
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  • Page: 316
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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 that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world Indians armed with poison 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 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 Together with his son Kermit and Brazil s most famous explorer, C ndido 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 rain forest to the darkest night of Theodore Roosevelt s life, here is Candice Millard s dazzling debutBN 13 9780767913737 Alternate Cover Edition

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    1. ”In Xanadu did Kubla KhanA stately pleasure-dome decree:Where Alph, the sacred river, ranThrough caverns measureless to manDown to a sunless sea."Samuel Taylor ColeridgeRoosevelt wrote articles for Scribners while he was on this trip. Notice that he had to cover up his hands and face to keep the constant barrage of biting insects at bay.As Theodore Roosevelt lay on his cot in the ian jungle burning up with fever, yellow pus leaking from his leg, and his mind wandering aimlessly through the cor [...]

    2. In the last few years, I have been making my way through two epic biographies written by all-time great authors. I am three books through Robert Caro’s as-yet-unfinished quadrilogy on Lyndon Johnson, and just finished the second book of Edmund Morris’s trilogy on Theodore Roosevelt. Because Morris and Caro are both giants in their field, I have found myself comparing the two sets of books. Every time I do, it seems, I have placed Caro’s The Years of Lyndon Johnson above Morris’s life of [...]

    3. What a wonderful, adventurous journey Candice Millard takes us on with Teddy Roosevelt's amazing and disastrous expedition down an uncharted ian river called the River of Doubt. Troubled by his defeat in 1912's election, the 55 year-old Teddy needed a victory, and what better way but a new expedition this time taking him through the rain forest. Joined by his son, Kermit, Teddy sets out to explore a charted Brazilian river, but gets talked into trying the River of Doubt by his co-lead in the exp [...]

    4. What an astounding man Theodore Roosevelt was! After reading a review by my amazing GR friend, LeAnne, I decided this was a book I needed to read sooner instead of later. I knew quite a bit about Mr. Roosevelt, including a bit about this final adventure in the . All my information came from a PBS special I saw a few years back on Theodore and Eleanor and Franklin. It was definitely enough to peek my interest in this American icon. He was far from anything we would expect to find in the White Hou [...]

    5. This is one of those books that I both loved and hated. I loved it because it's an exciting outdoor adventure, it's interesting history, and it's an impressive survival tale.But at times I also hated it because the disaster story is so frustrating. I got really irritated with Teddy Roosevelt — I mean, the guy was a stubborn, egotistical ass — and I repeatedly wished I could travel back in time just to yell at him to GIVE IT UP AND GO HOME. Not that he would have listened.A quick summary: Aft [...]

    6. Teddy Roosevelt is a MAN. I was a big TR fan before and an even bigger one now which is a nice surprise considering that I wasn't expecting much from this book.There is one scene that I think sums up how impressive TR was. It comes when they are slightly more than half way through their journey, although the exploration party has no way of knowing that. TR has an infected leg, a fever, and has already stated that he should be left behind for certain death because he is a burden on the others. He [...]

    7. This book tells of a chapter of Theodore Roosevelt's life that was not widely known these days, at least before this book was published. After the failure of his Bull Moose party to carry him to a third term as president, T.R. went looking for adventure (probably in an effort to ward off depression). One thing led to another until he very nearly got himself, his son and others killed in the heart of the River basin. The dangers of the rain forest are so thoroughly described in this book that I [...]

    8. TR has always been one of the more interesting historical figures for me and I have read several books about him. I knew about his failed bid for a third term as President running as a candidate on the Progressive Party (a.k.a Bull Moose Party) ticket. I did not know what happened after he lost the election. At least not the details. Roosevelt received an invitation to speak in Buenos Aires, Argentina and since his son Kermit lived in South America it seemed liked an ideal opportunity to visit [...]

    9. I thought Candice Millard's other book Destiny of the Republic was one of the most fascinating books I've ever read, so I thought I should go back and read this, her first book. I must say River of Doubt may be even better, if not for her writing but for the absolutely amazing story she tells. Teddy Rosevelt's exepedition in the heart of the jungle may be a footnote in history, but Millard brings it to life as one of the most compelling adventure tales I've ever read. Millard does take her time [...]

    10. I'm either maturing as a reader or authors are getting better at making non-fiction more appealing to fiction junkies, like me. I think it's the latter. So very interesting.

    11. Non-fiction often gives me the yawns, but not this! Nope - 4.5 and totally unexpected. Am I the only well-educated, yet totally ignorant middle ager who did not know this about Teddy Roosevelt?? What a helluva story.Basic background: Roosevelt was vice president in 1901 when McKinley was assassinated, and like LBJ, became president by succession. He won re-election fair and square a few years later, was awarded the Nobel Prize for ending the Russian-Japanese war (I'd never even heard of that!), [...]

    12. GASP - Non-fiction!!! And I didn't hate it! A notorious loather of non-fiction, I might just have found the one to break the cycle. River of Doubt was a brilliant, well-crafted narrative of Theodore Roosevelt's arduous journey down a previously unmapped tributary of the River. Barely surviving, Roosevelt makes it to the end in weary triumph. One of my big problems with non-fiction is that there is no suspense. (Ok, one might argue that about romance novels, too, but go with me on this one.) Wit [...]

    13. "Far from its outward appearance, the rain forest was not a garden of easy abundance, but precisely the opposite. Its quiet, shaded halls of leafy opulence were not a sanctuary, but, rather, the greatest natural battlefield anywhere on the planet, hosting an unremitting and remorseless fight for survival that occupied every single one of its inhabitants, every minute of every day. Though frequently impossible for a casual observer to discern, every inch of space was alive -- from the black, teem [...]

    14. Theodore Roosevelt's leadership and charisma is a well documented part of American history. Although I'm sure I learned about him in my required history classes, and I've been to Mount Rushmore, I can't say that I knew much about him beyond the fact that he was a Rough Rider, a president, a large man, that he created the idea of a protected national park, and that he supposedly said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." I also suspected that he was related, somehow, to FDR, but never bothered t [...]

    15. Theodore Roosevelt needed to lift his spirits after his defeat in the 1912 presidential election in a third-party run. He had been invited for a lecture tour in South America, and added the challenge of a trip to the region. When he reached Brazil, he changed his plans from exploring a known river to embarking on a journey along the uncharted River of Doubt. Theodore Roosevelt was accompanied by his son Kermit Roosevelt, the Brazilian explorer Colonel Candido Rondon, a naturalist, a doctor, and [...]

    16. History brought alive through captivating subject matter, exemplary writing, and exceptional research. Only a couple times did I find myself skimming; mostly in the more political or biographical feeder trails. Otherwise, I found myself hanging on to every word - and turn of the current or thrash through the jungle portage. My, how times and ideologies and technologies have changed. Some for the better, some for the worse. GPS and cell phones, and other such things, certainly can be life saving [...]

    17. This is narrative nonfiction at its finest. I had not yet finished when I came here to see what else Millard has published. I already had her Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President on my virtual shelf, and will certainly consider adding the one with Churchill and the Boer War.This, after an overland route of several hundred miles just to get to the uncharted river of the expedition:After months of inattention, Roosevelt had now come face to face with t [...]

    18. I don't usually choose to read history, but this reads like an adventure story with interesting historical asides to put it into context. Excellently researched and brought to life. Worst trip ever.

    19. This is an account of Theodore Roosevelt's descent down a previously unchartered tributary to the . What is amazing is that anyone, much less a former president, would make such a journey as poorly prepared as Roosevelt's expedition. For instance, to lighten the load on the overland journey to reach the headwater, they left behind a number of light weight canoes and arrived at the river with no boats whatsoever. Poorly crafted dugouts purchased from natives were unable to carry all of the provis [...]

    20. Remarkable story of the exploration journey by then-former President Teddy Roosevelt down a previously uncharted River in South America in 1914. As adept as the former President was at confronting the elements on outings into the wild, he left the pre-trip planning and organization to people he trusted but who did not collectively have the requisite appropriate knowledge to adequately prepare. The saving grace was TR's son Kermit and the Colonel Rondon of South America, who each had a unique rol [...]

    21. The River of Doubt is non-fiction at its best. First of all, the story is amazing. The whole thing reads like a dungeon crawl through a jungle scenario, but it actually happened! Throughout the book, as the men struggle with leaky canoes, predators on land and in the river, cannibals (really!), constant insects and bacteria, discontent among the party itself, and their quest to go down a river that no one has ever gone down before, Millard puts in back stories for everyone so that you really car [...]

    22. Theodore Roosevelt, adrenaline/adventure junkie extraordinary, upon losing the 1912 presidential election, "resorted to the only therapy he knew: physical hardship and danger." Enter the and the heretofore uncharted "River of Doubt." As someone who has spent a good chunk of time journeying outside of civilization (e.g. backpacking along the Appalachian Trail, sailing from Mexico to Tahiti, out of site of land for a solid month), this story had me cringing from start to finish. In addition to re [...]

    23. My adult children tell me I am opinionated. Well, first of all, at my age I feel entitled to a few opinions. Here are a couple definitions: "unduly adhering to one's own opinion or to preconceived notion" (Merriam Webster); "someone who isn't afraid to give their personal opinion" (Urban Dictionary). I think it boils down to two things. In this age of post-political-correctness, saying what one thinks is fraught, unless you are a political talk radio person or blogger. Opinions become opinionate [...]

    24. In 1914, when most young British men were headed to trench-digging in Europe, former President Teddy Roosevelt, reeling from a loss as a third-party candidate for President, initiated an expedition down an uncharted river in the rainforest, attempting to leave himself a little geographical legacy. What he apparently expected to be comparable in adventure to a safari in Africa, or an Arctic expedition, turned out to be a living hell. And that legacy of mapping the River of Doubt would today be l [...]

    25. Part political thriller, part Biography, part Saturday-afternoon adventure serial, part ecology lesson, Candice Millard's "The River of Doubt" has a little something for everyone. Chronicling Theodore Roosevelt's 1913 journey down the previously unexplored Brazilian River of Doubt. Millard recounts the myriad obstacles faced by the hearty band of explorers including poor planning, disease, hostile Indians, and a multitude of predators from within the rainforest itself. At the same time, she offe [...]

    26. American History was not my favorite subject in school, I admit it. Through a little trickery, I managed to take World History twice just to avoid it. I really know embarrassingly little about Teddy Roosevelt – at least I did before reading Candice Millard’s engaging book “The River of Doubt”- but nevertheless, I always thought he was someone I would have loved to have met. Fearless, charismatic, outdoorsy, eccentric, and adventurous, it seemed there was nothing Teddy couldn’t do or di [...]

    27. A remarkable story about a remarkable journey and the remarkable group of men who made it. Candice Millard's retelling of Theodore Roosevelt's journey down "The River of Doubt" is skillfully composed and a pleasure to read. While the story needs no embellishment, she manages to highlight key events while providing enough collateral/historical information to not only educate but entertain without overwhelming or losing forward momentum. She brings the characters to life (or rather back to life) i [...]

    28. So now I know why Teddy Roosevelt's face is etched on the side of Mt. Rushmore, along with our other great Presidents: Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson. What an incredible giant of a man he was. This story tells of Roosevelt's explorations of an uncharted river in the middle of the rain forest, initially called "River of Doubt". The author delved into the mindset of Roosevelt and why he would engage in such a dangerous journey. Coming off his loss in the Presidential elections, Roosevelt was [...]

    29. The former President and perhaps the most famous man in the world, Teddy Roosevelt, told his companions to go on without him and leave him in the jungle to die. Roosevelt’s leg was infected from a gash he suffered on rocks while dealing with one of the many rapids they were forced to go around on the River of Doubt. He was too much of a burden and slowing their progress, costing time they did not have the provisions for. The fate of the other men was so risky they might have done it except tha [...]

    30. Teddy Roosevelt was fifty-five years old when he journeyed through Brazil to explore the River of Doubt, a heretofore unchartered thousand mile body of water. The journey changed the map of South America, but it also proved to be the greatest test of Roosevelt's adventurous life, and would eventually shorten the span of his years. In clear, unsentimental prose, Candice Millard uses the story of the expedition to paint the portrait of an extraordinary man. Roosevelt was a force of nature, as form [...]

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