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by Stephen E. Ambrose

From the bestselling author of "D-Day" comes the definitive book on the most momentous expedition in American history--and one of the greatest adventure stories of all time. "An adventure filled with high romance and personal tragedy, involving the greatest expedition ever undertaken in the history of this country".--Alexander Theroux, "Chicago Tribune". Illustrations throughout. Maps.


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In this sweeping adventure story, Stephen E. Ambrose presents the definitive account of one of the most momentous journeys in American History. Ambrose follows the Louis and Clark expedition from Thomas Jefferson’s hope of finding a waterway to the Pacific, through the heart stopping moments of the actual trip, to Louis’s lonely demise on the Natchez Trace. Alon the way, he shows us the American West as Louis saw it--wild, awesome, and pristinely beautiful.

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From the west-facing window of the room in which Meriwether Lewis was born on August 18, 1774, one could look out at Rockfish Gap, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, an opening to the West that invited exploration.

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  • Title Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
  • Author Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition Later Printing
  • Pages 521
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Simon & Schuster, New York
  • Date 1997-06-02
  • Features Bibliography, Index, Maps, Table of Contents
  • ISBN 9780684826974 / 0684826976
  • Weight 1.3 lbs (0.59 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 in (23.11 x 15.49 x 3.05 cm)
  • Reading level 1190
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 19th Century
    • Chronological Period: 1800-1850
    • Cultural Region: Western U.S.
  • Library of Congress subjects Clark, William, Lewis, Meriwether
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 95037146
  • Dewey Decimal Code 917.804

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Citations

  • New York Times, 06/08/1997, Page 32
  • NY Times Notable Bks of Year, 01/01/1997, Page 97
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