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River of Doubt - Candice Millard

In a similar vein, the author’s previous work concerned Theodore Roosevelt’s journey through the Amazon to discover the mouth of the river in 1912, with a team of natives as well as his own son. Former President Roosevelt had always been a risk taker and was prone to constant physical acivities, but by now he was older and not in the greatest of health.

The author details the aspects of their arduous journey down uncharted Amazonian waters, and the difficulties the group faced.  I came away even more impressed by his stoic attitude as his health nearly failed him, as well as his leadership ability for the group in times of epic problems.

 As the blurb says : “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.” Sounds like, and is, a pretty good read to me!

It is hard to conceive of many of our recent leaders undertaking a journey of this magnitude and danger, and his ultimate success amazed the world.

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