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This is a wonderfully written book about an amazing adventure - a journey down an uncharted and unexplored river of the Brazilian rain forest, led by the middle-aged ex-president of the United States. The explorers encountered privation, injury, disease and death in seeking the river's outlet to the Amazon; the two-month journey was nearly Roosevelt's last.
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This is an account of Teddy Roosevelt's search for adventure after leaving the White House. He decides to tackle the charting of "The River of Doubt" an unexplored tributary of the Amazon. This is just a great story which fleshes out the biography of TR that I have carried in my head for so long. The former President, his son, and a partner set out on this "adventure" and all sorts of things happen along the way.
In addition to enlightening the listener about the post-presidential activities of TR, this book is wonderful for two reasons. First, the narration is some of the best that Richard Ferrone has recorded. Second, I purhcased the Abridged version. I usually avoid abridgements because they read like "cut and paste." This abridgement made me wish I had rented the full version.
The final section of the book informs the reader of what happened to TR and his son after the South American exploration. That is quite touching and informative as well.
Hooray for Candic Millard. I hope that she authors much more to come.
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