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Undaunted Courage by Steven Ambrose is an excellent non-fiction adventure about the journey of Lewis and Clark This book rekindled my interest in the Lewis and Clark Exhibition and I would recommend it to all Ambrose brings the adventure alive with detailed information on the groups day to day struggles dangers and discoveries An excellent book that forces one to appreciate not just Lewis and Clark but all Americans who took great risks to allow us to live as we do Since it was unnecessary to substitute excitement of which the book has much for historical accuracy Ambrose is able to write a book that is entertaining and educational However it cannot always be said that Ambroses history is always the standard and correct one There are a few differences between this book and other standard accounts of this story In many standard books it is said that Lewis death was an accident or a murder while in Undaunted Courage his death is ruled a suicide Other variations occur when trying to explain the enormous gaps in Lewis diary Also Undaunted Courage is affected by Ambroses detail to military aspects which is not surprising due to the fact that he usually writes about World War two When I had previously been taught about the expedition I was fed gross fallacies Undaunted Courage helped set me straight I was taught that the expedition was mainly on foot and the official purpose to explore the west Ambrose makes it clear that much of the trip was by water for it was not merely the land that the government was interested in exploring in fact one of Jeffersons main motivations was finding an all water route to the Pacific Ocean I had also learned that the only people on this journey were Meriwether Lewis William Clark and a young Indian named Sacagawea a young Indian who had been captured by Lewis and Clark to serve as a
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