Thoughts on: The River of Doubt by Candice Millard

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Arti­cle first pub­lished as Book Review: The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Dark­est Jour­ney by Can­dice Mil­lard on Blog­crit­ics.

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The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Dark­est Jour­ney by Can­dice Mil­lard is a non-fiction book detail­ing the President's trav­els in Brazil. This fas­ci­nat­ing account is a must read for fans of the Pres­i­dent or adven­tur­ers who travel the region.

  • 432 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Dou­ble­day; First Edi­tion edition
  • ISBN: 0385507968

My rat­ing for The River of Doubt — 5

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Thoughts:
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Dark­est Jour­ney by Can­dice Mil­lard (web­site) tells of the extra­or­di­nary expe­di­tion led by Cân­dido Mar­i­ano da Silva Ron­don and his co-commander, ex-President Theodore Roo­sevelt, down the unex­plored trib­u­taries of the Ama­zon in 1914. The rig­or­ous 400 mile trip down Rio da Duvida (River of Doubt) tested the sta­mina, intel­lect, courage and sense of adven­ture of all of those in the party.

Even though Roo­sevelt and most every­one in the party were expe­ri­ence in the tribu­la­tions of explor­ing parts of the unknown world, they were unpre­pared for this trip. From the begin­ning they had prob­lems, the boats were too big, the river too shal­low, the food, when they had it, was lit­tle and more.

Many on the expe­di­tion got sick, the President's son, Ker­mit suf­fered from malaria and T.R. him­self almost died from bac­te­r­ial infection.

Ms. Mil­lard describes the many haz­ards as well as the dan­ger­ous and fas­ci­nat­ing ecol­ogy of the rain fores. This fan­tas­tic book is not a biog­ra­phy of Roo­sevelt, but sim­ply a heart-pounding account of the trip, the ram­i­fi­ca­tions and a dif­fer­ent side of the Pres­i­dent we have rarely seen before.

Ron­don seated sec­ond from the left (Ker­mit seat­ing at his feet).
Teddy  Roo­sevelt seated sec­ond from the right. 

Syn­op­sis:
The River of Doubt was an uncharted  trib­u­tary of the Ama­zon River which goes through a treach­er­ous envi­ron­ment. Indi­ans with poison-tipped arrows, pira­nhas and fast waters are only a few of its dangers.

Los­ing the 1912 elec­tions, the humil­i­ated Theodore Roo­sevelt sets his sites on a pun­ish­ing phys­i­cal excur­sion. Together with his son and a famous Brazil­ian explorer Roo­sevelt sets to accom­plish a feat many said can­not be done.

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Dis­claimer: I bought this book.

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