Undaunted Courage, Stephen E. Ambrose


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2 Responses to “Undaunted Courage, Stephen E. Ambrose”

  1. Jakob C. Says:

    Undaunted Courage follows Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their adventures they experienced while traversing the whole country of America. The book starts out by going into detail of the expedition’s captain Meriwether Lewis’ early life up to where he met Clark and then onto their expedition. Not only does the book follow the two heroes step by step but also reveals how much of an impact President Jefferson had on the lives of Lewis and Clark; plus the role he plays in the expedition itself. Going from action packed encounters with Native Americans to the animals and plants they discovered the story goes in-depth in a unique way to further explain the tales of adventure we all heard as kids.

    Truly one of my favorites; the amount of detail that is in the story is overwhelming and not any of it is boring or hard to read. A non-fiction page turner is the best way to describe it; it was hard to go to bed at times. I learned things about Lewis such as that he was already worthy of history book mention way before his trek across the country. That although only 4 years older Clark was a father figure to Lewis which is a component of why he chose him for the expedition. To anyone looking for an awesome read and a book that does not in any way lackluster this is the one for you.

  2. Anders B. Says:

    Summary: Undaunted Courage reveals the life of Meriwether Lewis and his famous expedition to the west coast. The book begins by displaying the life of Lewis before he even imagines traveling to the west coast. Just about everything Lewis does as a child and up into adulthood seems to be preparing him for the expedition. When he is eighteen years old and joins the military, he meets William Clarke who eventually joins in on the party exploring the west. After the Louisiana Purchase, and Lewis becoming president Thomas Jefferson’s secretary, they see the need to explore the west and establish the best route to the coast. The story takes you through the long and precise planning, as well as the long and torturous journey. The book reveals the encounters with the indigenous people, struggles and challenges they faced, and many other details of their journey. The book is composed of many interesting and exciting encounters as the journey to the pacific coast and back takes quite a long time.

    Evaluation: Overall, this is a really good story as it provides many in depth details about the expedition. Near the beginning of the story, it is pretty slow but also necessary because it provides the reader with a lot of background knowledge of what was going on in this time period and many details about Meriwether Lewis. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in adventurous stories or anyone interested in the history of the United States of America.

    Rating: 5 stars

    Recommendations: I would recommend the books Watchmen and The Odyssey

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