On January 8th our book club picked up their new book.Â If you are thinking of joining the club you can pick up this book and come to the next meeting on February 12th at 6:30 p.m.Â The book is called, “The River of Doubt” by Candice Millard.Â 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-is a black, uncharted river that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world.Â 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.Â Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it.Â 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.Â Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide.Â The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful non-fiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Ameicans who ever lived.
From the soaring beauty of the Amazon rain forest to the darkest night of Theodore Roosevelt’s life, her is Candice Millard’s dazzling debut.
The author Candice Millard is a former writer and editor for National Geographic magazine.