River of Doubt

River of Doubt

Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

Audiobook CD - 2005
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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, Candido 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.

Publisher: Books on Tape, 2005.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781415924563
1415924562
Call Number: 918.113 MILLARD
Characteristics: 10 compact discs (12.25 hrs.)
Subjects: Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition (1913-1914)
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 -- Travel -- Brazil -- Roosevelt River.
Amazon River Valley -- Description and travel.
Roosevelt River (Brazil) -- Description and travel.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Natural history -- Amazon River Valley.
Rain forests -- Amazon River Valley.
Compact discs, Book.

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darladoodles
Jul 21, 2017

An epic survival story starring a larger-than-life former president. Candace Millard's documentation of this harrowing trip down and uncharted river in Brazil is full of details that make you feel like you are there in the dugout canoes with the travelling party.

I have listened to this book twice now and as the narration proceeded this second time there were details that I had never forgotten. Millard is famous for her richly detailed and researched tales. This one is no exception and I think may be my favorite.

Highly recommended!

JCLHopeH Dec 27, 2016

An excellent read for history lovers and anyone who enjoys political biographies. The pacing of the audiobook felt a little slow at times, but the true story, which Millard researched quite well, is far from slow or dull!

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hmcgivney
Dec 04, 2012

What a story! In the aftermath of a lost election, an embarrassed Theodore Roosevelt decides to test himself physically and mentally by joining an expedition to explore an uncharted river in Brazil. The hardships of the river, the exotic backdrop of the rainforest, the encounters with natives, etc. are all fascinating. The writing is lucid and well-paced, with enough personal information to make the men real. Also interesting to me was the amount of hubris connected with equipping the expedition. Rather than insult Roosevelt's dignity, the Brazilians allowed the expedition to pack many items that would be considered luxuries. And as they became too overburdened, they discarded things that might be considered essential (like good lightweight, maneuverable canoes in favor of heavy and hard-to-steer dugouts). They counted on being able to hunt or forage for food (often not possible in the delicately balanced ecosystem of the rainforest) so many of their packed foodstuffs were spices, condiments, etc. And it was interesting what Roosevelt considered to be essential. After many luggage purges for reduced carrying capacity, he still considered books to be essential to his well-being. I can relate.

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richardcoulter
Dec 13, 2011

i would like to put ''on hold'' this book when available.
thanks,
rick coulter

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