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The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey


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  • TR's most exciting, dangerous and treacherous journey ever
  • Adventures so hair raising, tough and scary that the story was considered to be embellished or a just plain lie for years
  • A gripping and suspense filled read
  • Hard to put down
  • Author - Candice Millard
  • 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, Cândido 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.

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