During the early 20th century, Brazil was still vastly uncharted one of the few areas of the world where men could achieve greatness through exploration. This fact and the naturalist bounty of thousands of new species of plant and animal life intrigued Teddy Roosevelt, and looking for meaning after a failed Presidential run, he took on this mammoth and dangerous expedition.
Candice Millard does a wonderful job presenting meticulous research and relating this amazing adventure. Teddy Roosevelt was definitely a man’s man – his strength and courage really shone in this trek, where he and his crew feared starvation, faced attack from hostile natives, were shocked by a murder, and where Roosevelt himself nearly died. I loved Millard’s book about the murder of President James Garfield, The Destiny of the Republic, and in my opinion, The River of Doubt outshines it. I highly recommend this terrific work of non-fiction.
5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2009
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