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  • River of Doubt

  • Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
  • Von: Candice Millard
  • Gesprochen von: Paul Michael
  • Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 17 Min.
  • 4,9 out of 5 stars (11 Bewertungen)

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River of Doubt

Von: Candice Millard
Gesprochen von: Paul Michael
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    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    The River of Doubt; it is 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, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil's most famous explorer, Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.

    Along the way, Roosevelt 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. The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.

    From the soaring beauty of the Amazon rain forest to the darkest night of Theodore Roosevelt's life, here is Candice Millard's dazzling debut.

    ©2005 Candice Miller (P)2005 Books on Tape

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    "Millard...nails the suspense element of this story perfectly, but equally important to her success is the marvelous amount of detail she provides on the wildlife that Roosevelt and his fellow explorers encountered on their journey, as well as the cannibalistic indigenous tribe that stalked them much of the way." ( Publishers Weekly)

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    Story of Grand Adventure

    This book is very reminiscent of "The Endurance" tale of Earnest Shackleton, although the circumstances and leadership was extremely different. I am amazed at the endurance of these men and of the daring courage which drove them into the Amazon.

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    A meandering but good read

    I enjoyed the story and I liked Miller's contextual inputs but found some parts dull