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cubsfan5150
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Picked up Undaunted Courage for my b-day
Any reviews?

I'm very curious why it doesn't mention William Clark on the cover.


Sneaky__Sally
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re: Picked up Undaunted Courage for my b-day
its an awesome book - I guess you would need to contact the publisher about the cover


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Htowntiger90
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re: Picked up Undaunted Courage for my b-day
Read it back in the 90s. Very good book. Not sure why they left out mention of Clark on the cover. Possibly b/c Lewis was leader of the expedition and book covers only have room for so many words to catch reader attention.

Jefferson likely got the cover mention for his role in the Louisiana Purchase. And I'm sure the publisher thought mentioning a founding father on a history book cover would be a driver more sales. More than a few books on the founding fathers came out in the 90s, so there's always interest in reading about them.


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chity
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re: Picked up Undaunted Courage for my b-day
Very good book. I didn't realize he got his master's degree in history at LSU.

Nothing Like it in the world: The Men who built the Continental Railroad, was good also.

However, some historians say there were some historical errors.


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ewilliams000
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re: Picked up Undaunted Courage for my b-day
Pick up Gates of the Mountain by Will Henry. Slightly different version of Lewis and Clark, based on facts.


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LSUtiger17
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re: Picked up Undaunted Courage for my b-day
I really enjoyed the book. Ambrose chose to focus on the expedition from the viewpoint of Lewis and Jefferson as opposed to Lewis and Clark. I think he says that there are a lot of books on the subject of Lewis and Clark, and not as many (or any) focusing on Lewis' and Jefferson's experiences/goals for the expedition.

Jefferson granted the commission to Lewis. Lewis grew up in the same area as Monticello, and Jefferson had known Lewis for quite a while. I believe Jefferson even tutored Lewis in natural sciences (for something like a year) before Lewis began the expedition. Jefferson gave Lewis a blank check from the US government and gave Lewis full autonomy in selecting his team. Lewis chose his friend William Clark, whom he knew from their military days, to help lead the expedition. Lewis treated Clark as an equal on the expedition and referred to Clark as a co-Captain, but technically, Clark was second-in-command as opposed to being on the same level as Clark.

I think Ambrose was trying to do something fresh with the story, and this was a way of looking at things from a different angle.
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ewilliams000
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re: Picked up Undaunted Courage for my b-day
Lewis was the 1st American to offer freedom of the vote regardless of race or gender. Clark's slave York and Sacajawea were given equal vote in some of the decision making.


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