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, Cândido 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.
Jungle Cruise Comes Alive!
You can almost hear the jungle-- the howler monkeys, the growl of the jaguar, the drums, the roaring rapids and waterfalls. Imagine Disney's jungle cruise, only REAL --including the poisoned-dart-blowing head hunters--alive and silently stalking you. There are also the malaria infested mosquitos, the ever present parasites and bugs, the pirahna, and just the overwhelming machinations of undertaking this kind of exploration into uncharted territory. The dedication to a goal, the moral rectitude of Roosevelt and his guide are inspirational. Great companion read to The Lost City of Z, only this one really gets into the heart of the darkness! A captivating, fascinating read of a true-life adventure and adventurer.
not great for the audiobook format
I really wanted to love this…
Certain books do not lend themselves to audiobook format as is the case here. A story about TR’s attempt to navigate the River of Doubt instead gets bogged down by constant tangents. This works while reading but is more annoying and distracting while listening.
Loved this fantastic and riveting adventure of Teddy Roosevelt, in slightly over his head along with his son, Kermit, and a band of others. As entertaining as thought provoking while this group journied on the River of Doubt deep in uncharted territory in South America. I've recommended this to at least a dozen of my friends (and a couple of strangers at Barnes & Noble:o)