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In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ambrose takes us into the interior of an adventure filled with high romance and personal tragedy involving the greatest expedition ever undertaken in the history of this country.” 

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Ambrose uses his skill with detail and atmosphere to dust off an icon and put him back on the trail west.

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An eminently readable resource.” 

    School Library Journal

  • “Specialists will appreciate this biography, but general readers will also be enthralled by Ambrose’s well-written account.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Ambrose’s epic, a combination of rhapsody and reality, feels like a final glimpse at a pristine Eden before the crowd of trappers and settlers altered it forever.” 

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1996 Spur Award for Historical Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 1997 Ambassador Book Award for American Studies

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Reloucks | 5/22/2011

    " I really enjoyed this. Being from North Dakota, I know the terrain very well, and I know what 30 below feels like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brooke | 5/14/2011

    " 3.5 stars
    Unfortunately, the writing is too academic to pass for a mainstream biography, yet too informal to pass as academic. Otherwise, an interesting look at the life of Meriwether Lewis and the Lewis & Clark expedition.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chuck | 4/26/2011

    " A narrative of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1803. The history of the trip itself is fascinating but Ambrose' style, i.e. rambling, repeating himself and the use of the character's direct quotes in the early 1800s vernacular make the going pretty slow in places.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 4/25/2011

    " An in depth look at Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, William Clark, and the Opening of the American West (their trip to the Pacific and back). Great book. "

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