The River of Doubt by Candice Millard

The River of Doubt

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; bou...


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TitleThe River of Doubt
ISBN9780767913737
Author
Release DateOct 10th, 2006
PublisherBroadway Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Biography, Adventure, Travel
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Reviews The River of Doubt

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2013-05-14
    ”In Xanadu did Kubla KhanA stately pleasure-dome decree:Where Alph, the sacred river, ranThrough caverns measureless to manDown to a sunless sea."Samuel Taylor Coleridge Roosevelt wrote articles for Scribners while he was on this trip. Notice that he had to cover up his hands and face to keep the constant barrage of biting insects at bay.As Theodore Roosevelt lay on his cot in the Amazonian jungle burning up with fever, yellow pus leaking from...
  • Matt
    2011-01-13
    In the last few years, I have been making my way through two epic biographies written by all-time great authors. I am three books through Robert Caro’s as-yet-unfinished quadrilogy on Lyndon Johnson, and just finished the second book of Edmund Morris’s trilogy on Theodore Roosevelt. Because Morris and Caro are both giants in their field, I have found myself comparing the two sets of books. Every time I do, it seems, I have placed Caro’s The...
  • Sara
    2016-05-18
    What an astounding man Theodore Roosevelt was! After reading a review by my amazing GR friend, LeAnne, I decided this was a book I needed to read sooner instead of later. I knew quite a bit about Mr. Roosevelt, including a bit about this final adventure in the Amazon. All my information came from a PBS special I saw a few years back on Theodore and Eleanor and Franklin. It was definitely enough to peek my interest in this American icon. He was fa...
  • Paula Kalin
    2017-01-22
    What a wonderful, adventurous journey Candice Millard takes us on with Teddy Roosevelt's amazing and disastrous expedition down an uncharted Amazonian river called the River of Doubt. Troubled by his defeat in 1912's election, the 55 year-old Teddy needed a victory, and what better way but a new expedition this time taking him through the rain forest. Joined by his son, Kermit, Teddy sets out to explore a charted Brazilian river, but gets talked ...
  • Diane
    2010-07-12
    This is one of those books that I both loved and hated. I loved it because it's an exciting outdoor adventure, it's interesting history, and it's an impressive survival tale.But at times I also hated it because the disaster story is so frustrating. I got really irritated with Teddy Roosevelt — I mean, the guy was a stubborn, egotistical ass — and I repeatedly wished I could travel back in time just to yell at him to GIVE IT UP AND GO HOME. No...
  • Kevin
    2007-10-05
    Teddy Roosevelt is a MAN. I was a big TR fan before and an even bigger one now which is a nice surprise considering that I wasn't expecting much from this book.There is one scene that I think sums up how impressive TR was. It comes when they are slightly more than half way through their journey, although the exploration party has no way of knowing that. TR has an infected leg, a fever, and has already stated that he should be left behind for cert...
  • Clif Hostetler
    2010-05-03
    This book tells of a chapter of Theodore Roosevelt's life that was not widely known these days, at least before this book was published. After the failure of his Bull Moose party to carry him to a third term as president, T.R. went looking for adventure (probably in an effort to ward off depression). One thing led to another until he very nearly got himself, his son and others killed in the heart of the Amazon River basin. The dangers of the Amaz...
  • Jim
    2017-07-01
    TR has always been one of the more interesting historical figures for me and I have read several books about him. I knew about his failed bid for a third term as President ... running as a candidate on the Progressive Party (a.k.a Bull Moose Party) ticket. I did not know what happened after he lost the election. At least not the details. Roosevelt received an invitation to speak in Buenos Aires, Argentina and since his son Kermit lived in South A...
  • John
    2012-12-02
    I thought Candice Millard's other book Destiny of the Republic was one of the most fascinating books I've ever read, so I thought I should go back and read this, her first book. I must say River of Doubt may be even better, if not for her writing but for the absolutely amazing story she tells. Teddy Rosevelt's exepedition in the heart of the Amazon jungle may be a footnote in history, but Millard brings it to life as one of the most compelling ad...
  • Laura
    2017-03-29
    I'm either maturing as a reader or authors are getting better at making non-fiction more appealing to fiction junkies, like me. I think it's the latter. So very interesting.
  • LeAnne
    2016-05-11
    Non-fiction often gives me the yawns, but not this! Nope - 4.5 and totally unexpected. Am I the only well-educated, yet totally ignorant middle ager who did not know this about Teddy Roosevelt?? What a helluva story.Basic background: Roosevelt was vice president in 1901 when McKinley was assassinated, and like LBJ, became president by succession. He won re-election fair and square a few years later, was awarded the Nobel Prize for ending the Russ...
  • Abby
    2008-03-26
    GASP - Non-fiction!!! And I didn't hate it! A notorious loather of non-fiction, I might just have found the one to break the cycle. River of Doubt was a brilliant, well-crafted narrative of Theodore Roosevelt's arduous journey down a previously unmapped tributary of the Amazon River. Barely surviving, Roosevelt makes it to the end in weary triumph. One of my big problems with non-fiction is that there is no suspense. (Ok, one might argue that abo...
  • Lucy
    2008-06-05
    Theodore Roosevelt's leadership and charisma is a well documented part of American history. Although I'm sure I learned about him in my required history classes, and I've been to Mount Rushmore, I can't say that I knew much about him beyond the fact that he was a Rough Rider, a president, a large man, that he created the idea of a protected national park, and that he supposedly said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." I also suspected that he ...
  • Pamela
    2016-03-08
    History brought alive through captivating subject matter, exemplary writing, and exceptional research. Only a couple times did I find myself skimming; mostly in the more political or biographical feeder trails. Otherwise, I found myself hanging on to every word - and turn of the current or thrash through the jungle portage. My, how times and ideologies and technologies have changed. Some for the better, some for the worse. GPS and cell phones, an...
  • Elizabeth (Alaska)
    2016-10-02
    This is narrative nonfiction at its finest. I had not yet finished when I came here to see what else Millard has published. I already had her Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President on my virtual shelf, and will certainly consider adding the one with Churchill and the Boer War.This, after an overland route of several hundred miles just to get to the uncharted river of the expedition:After months of inatt...
  • Connie
    2012-05-18
    Theodore Roosevelt needed to lift his spirits after his defeat in the 1912 presidential election in a third-party run. He had been invited for a lecture tour in South America, and added the challenge of a trip to the Amazon region. When he reached Brazil, he changed his plans from exploring a known river to embarking on a journey along the uncharted River of Doubt. Theodore Roosevelt was accompanied by his son Kermit Roosevelt, the Brazilian expl...
  • Blaire
    2014-11-19
    I don't usually choose to read history, but this reads like an adventure story with interesting historical asides to put it into context. Excellently researched and brought to life. Worst trip ever.
  • Kelly
    2008-06-06
    This is an account of Theodore Roosevelt's descent down a previously unchartered tributary to the Amazon. What is amazing is that anyone, much less a former president, would make such a journey as poorly prepared as Roosevelt's expedition. For instance, to lighten the load on the overland journey to reach the headwater, they left behind a number of light weight canoes and arrived at the river with no boats whatsoever. Poorly crafted dugouts purch...
  • Mara
    2014-01-06
    Theodore Roosevelt, adrenaline/adventure junkie extraordinary, upon losing the 1912 presidential election, "resorted to the only therapy he knew: physical hardship and danger." Enter the Amazon and the heretofore uncharted "River of Doubt." As someone who has spent a good chunk of time journeying outside of civilization (e.g. backpacking along the Appalachian Trail, sailing from Mexico to Tahiti, out of site of land for a solid month), this story...
  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    2015-11-08
    The River of Doubt is non-fiction at its best. First of all, the story is amazing. The whole thing reads like a dungeon crawl through a jungle scenario, but it actually happened! Throughout the book, as the men struggle with leaky canoes, predators on land and in the river, cannibals (really!), constant insects and bacteria, discontent among the party itself, and their quest to go down a river that no one has ever gone down before, Millard puts i...
  • Judy
    2012-09-24
    My adult children tell me I am opinionated. Well, first of all, at my age I feel entitled to a few opinions. Here are a couple definitions: "unduly adhering to one's own opinion or to preconceived notion" (Merriam Webster); "someone who isn't afraid to give their personal opinion" (Urban Dictionary). I think it boils down to two things. In this age of post-political-correctness, saying what one thinks is fraught, unless you are a political talk r...
  • Mmars
    2013-05-29
    In 1914, when most young British men were headed to trench-digging in Europe, former President Teddy Roosevelt, reeling from a loss as a third-party candidate for President, initiated an expedition down an uncharted river in the Amazon rainforest, attempting to leave himself a little geographical legacy. What he apparently expected to be comparable in adventure to a safari in Africa, or an Arctic expedition, turned out to be a living hell. And th...
  • Shaun
    2013-08-07
    A remarkable story about a remarkable journey and the remarkable group of men who made it. Candice Millard's retelling of Theodore Roosevelt's journey down "The River of Doubt" is skillfully composed and a pleasure to read. While the story needs no embellishment, she manages to highlight key events while providing enough collateral/historical information to not only educate but entertain without overwhelming or losing forward momentum. She brings...
  • John
    2008-09-12
    So now I know why Teddy Roosevelt's face is etched on the side of Mt. Rushmore, along with our other great Presidents: Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson. What an incredible giant of a man he was. This story tells of Roosevelt's explorations of an uncharted river in the middle of the Amazon rain forest, initially called "River of Doubt". The author delved into the mindset of Roosevelt and why he would engage in such a dangerous journey. Coming of...
  • Mahlon
    2008-11-11
    Part political thriller, part Biography, part Saturday-afternoon adventure serial, part ecology lesson, Candice Millard's "The River of Doubt" has a little something for everyone. Chronicling Theodore Roosevelt's 1913 journey down the previously unexplored Brazilian River of Doubt. Millard recounts the myriad obstacles faced by the hearty band of explorers including poor planning, disease, hostile Indians, and a multitude of predators from within...
  • Rex Fuller
    2014-08-18
    The former President and perhaps the most famous man in the world, Teddy Roosevelt, told his companions to go on without him and leave him in the jungle to die. Roosevelt’s leg was infected from a gash he suffered on rocks while dealing with one of the many rapids they were forced to go around on the River of Doubt. He was too much of a burden and slowing their progress, costing time they did not have the provisions for. The fate of the other m...
  • Dorothy
    2007-08-26
    Teddy Roosevelt was fifty-five years old when he journeyed through Brazil to explore the River of Doubt, a heretofore unchartered thousand mile body of water. The journey changed the map of South America, but it also proved to be the greatest test of Roosevelt's adventurous life, and would eventually shorten the span of his years. In clear, unsentimental prose, Candice Millard uses the story of the expedition to paint the portrait of an extraordi...
  • Deborah Edwards
    2011-04-04
    American History was not my favorite subject in school, I admit it. Through a little trickery, I managed to take World History twice just to avoid it. I really know embarrassingly little about Teddy Roosevelt – at least I did before reading Candice Millard’s engaging book “The River of Doubt”- but nevertheless, I always thought he was someone I would have loved to have met. Fearless, charismatic, outdoorsy, eccentric, and adventurous, it ...
  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    2012-10-15
    This book is a blend of subjects: a portrait of one of the most colorful of American presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, and the expedition he led into the Brazilian rain forest that literally put a major tributary of the Amazon on the map. And it succeeds very well at both. It reminded me quite a bit of Stephen Ambrose’s Undaunted Courage, the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition that opened up the American West. That book also gave us a portra...
  • Dagny
    2014-12-13
    The beginning was very slow going for me with all the preparation details. Then too, none of the trip was going to be a surprise since I had previously read TR's own account of the journey.But once the book got going, it was totally compelling. The author did great deal of research with various letters, journals and documents. TR had played down his own health problems on the journey, writing of how serious it was and then focusing on other membe...