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River of doubt : Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey

Author: Candice Millard
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing 1914 exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth, 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Millard, Candice.
River of doubt.
New York : Doubleday, 2005
(OCoLC)657183053
Named Person: Theodore Roosevelt; Theodore Roosevelt; Theodore Roosevelt
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Candice Millard
ISBN: 0385507968 9780385507967
OCLC Number: 59879777
Description: ix, 416 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Defeat --
Opportunity --
Preparation --
On the open sea --
A change of plans --
Beyond the frontier --
Disarray and tragedy --
Hard choices --
Warnings from the dead --
The unknown --
Pole and paddle, axe and machete --
The living jungle --
On the ink-black river --
Twitching through the woods --
The wild water --
Danger afloat, danger ashore --
Death in the rapids --
Attack --
The wide belts --
Hunger --
The myth of "beneficent nature" --
"I will stop here" --
Missing --
The worst in a man --
"He who kills must die" --
Judgment --
The cauldron --
The rubber men --
A pair of flags.
Responsibility: Candice Millard.
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The true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing 1914 exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth, 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 tributary of the Amazon. He 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. Yet he accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it.--From publisher description.

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