UNDAUNTED COURAGE: MEIWETHER LEWIS, THOMAS JEFFERSON, AND THE OPENING OF THE AMERICAN WEST
Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER, Jan 2003
The definitive book on the most momentous expedition in American history and one of the greatest adventure stories of all time comes with an all-new Introduction by the author. 6x9 inches, 528 pgs.
Described as the greatest real estate deal in history, the Louisiana Purchase Treaty was signed April 30, 1803, nearly doubling the size of the United States and creating the nation as we know it today. The year 2003 marks the Bicentennial of this great event in our history with celebrations across the country.
Undaunted Courage is the story of a heroic and legendary man, and the saga of a great nation creating itself. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson chose Captain Meriwether Lewis to lead the first government- backed exploration of the vast and unknown western territory of what would become part of the United States. Lewis was the perfect choice to lead a voyage up the Missouri River, across the forbidding Rockies, and -- by way of the Snake and mighty Columbia -- down to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, endured incredible hardships and witnessed astounding sights. With great perseverance, they worked their way into an unexplored West and when they returned two years later, they had long since been given up for dead.
Lewis is supported by a variety of colorful characters: Jefferson and his vision of the West; Clark, the artist and map-maker; and Lewis -- the enigma, who led brilliantly but considered the mission a failure. After suffering several periods of depression -- and despite his status as national hero -- Lewis died mysteriously, apparently by his own hand.
Undaunted Courage is first and foremost a significant, scholarly work, yet it reads like an adventure novel filled with high drama, suspense, and personal tragedy. It brings to life the times and circumstances of Meriwether Lewis and his unprecedented expedition, and renews our wonder of the vastness of our country and the heroics of our forefathers.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
A wonderful American story filled with vision, adventure, hardship, triumph, and a final American tragedy. --Hugh Sidey
This is a zestful labor of love about a complex, endearing man who stood at the epicenter of our national epic...Read it. --Edward Hoagland
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Stephen E. Ambrose is the founder of the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans and Chairman of the National Council of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial. He lives in Bay St. Louis, Missouri, and Helena, Montana.