The Journals of Lewis and Clark

The Journals of Lewis and Clark

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by Meriwether Lewis, William Clark
     
 

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Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's remarkable chronicle of their Voyage of Discovery across the pristine, uncharted wilderness of the American West occupies a unique place in American literature. To a young republic barely a dozen years old, the Journals offered not only a pathbreaking work of natural history, but the equivalent of a national poem: a…  See more details below

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Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's remarkable chronicle of their Voyage of Discovery across the pristine, uncharted wilderness of the American West occupies a unique place in American literature. To a young republic barely a dozen years old, the Journals offered not only a pathbreaking work of natural history, but the equivalent of a national poem: a magnificent epic for an unfinished nation.

From 1804 to 1806 Captain Lewis and Captain Clark led their intrepid expeditionary crew on an 8,000-mile trek - from the mouth of the Missouri to the Pacific outlet of the Columbia River. Paddling in canoes and riding on Indian horses, the "Corps of Discovery" confronted breathtaking mountains, white-water rapids, charging buffalo. The Journals of Lewis and Clark records a natural world never before seen by white men: Edenic landscapes, mysterious native peoples, and the first descriptions of hundreds of plants and animals (coyotes, bighorns, prairie dogs, jackrabbits, kit foxes, and Ursus horribilis, the grizzly bear).

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Publishers Weekly
The epic Lewis and Clark Expedition comes to life on a human scale in this engrossing abridgment of the explorers' journals. The travelers spent more than two years traveling up the Missouri, across the Rockies to the Pacific and back, and these accounts leave no doubt that it was a very hard slog. Page after page details the drudgery of paddling and hauling the boats upstream, the maddening mosquitoes and the enervating damp of the Pacific Northwest; virtually every entry includes an anxious tally of the game killed that day to feed the party. But the sober, soldierly tone of the journals often gives way to lyrical descriptions of the terrain and wildlife of the magnificent landscapes through which the expedition passed (hair-raising encounters with grizzlies are a persistent refrain). Particularly intriguing are the portraits of the Indian peoples the explorers encountered, with whom they maintained mostly friendly relations. Although burdened by the prejudices of the age, Lewis and Clark recognized the complexity of the attitudes and motivations of the Indians, who wavered between wariness of white men and eagerness to trade with them and enlist their support in the convoluted inter-tribal politics of the West. The editor's assiduous untangling of the explorers' notoriously bad spelling, punctuation and grammar, helpful notes and maps and fluent synopses of the duller stretches of the narrative make the journals accessible to a general readership. In the words of Smithsonian Institution curator emeritus Herman J. Viola, who contributes an afterword, these journals are "an American classic in the truest sense." (Dec.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
A new edition using the Thwaites text of 1904-1905. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613824887
Publisher:
Simon & Brown
Publication date:
04/10/2013
Pages:
1196
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.34(d)

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Bernard DeVoto (1897-1955), winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was a renowned scholar-historian of the American West and one of the country's greatest men of letters.

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The Journals of Lewis and Clark 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to be entertained while being educated....READ THIS BOOK!! I highly recommend this for every adult. If you have a student in the home that is not interested in history or does not understand the value of learning history, this is a perfect way to get them interested. Truly one of the most exciting true adventure's of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tried reading the journals in their original form, but it was rough going--this version with modernized spelling and eloquent summaries between the passages not included make reading about their great expedition fun. I got my son hooked on it too--a wonderful introduction to this phase of American history. Grizzly bears, encounters with native Americans, hunting for food, Sacagawea and her baby--it's all there. If Lewis & Clark interest you at all, this version is the one to read now. Certain to be the classic abridgment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Boring in some spots, but very good and highly entertaining. The writings of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, with most of the boring stuff edited out. Of their first encounter with Grizzlies after being told how ferocious they are(by the Indians). New lands and creatures. I always thought that I would have gone on this adventure in 1804. After reading the journals, I see I probably would have complained so much, as to get the boot. Deserters and heroes, facing difficult situations. A true adventure story in every sense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a historical researcher, I find Mr. Bergon's book a necessity in locating information, whether it be on native tribes, expedition equipment, plant's and animal specimens, and so on. By far, the best abridged edition on the market and a necessity for the new L&C buff or long time enthusiast. A real gem since it includes the expedition's summary of equipment purchases.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The one that says dont read. Well heres what i think about your comment booooooooooooo. Look you mights think its boring but some other people it is actually a world to imagine what it was like when they were alive.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book helped me a lot on a report that i had to do on Leis and Clark. In just the sample i was able to finish my essay. Highly reccomended book for people who would like to learn about the Lewis and Clark!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! It talkes about them alot and you can learn alot about there trip. Please read this book to learn about them. And there trip especially if you are learning about them in school.
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I thought a good book
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This book was very compelling. It was hard to put down. I have passed it on to my grandsons who are in high school for collatgeral reading in their history class.
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THIS is SUPER helpful GET this BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is too much detail in them describing their trip. Moves very slowly.
Helruss More than 1 year ago
Slow reading. Lots of repetitiveness. Publisher should have checked this. I have read other copies of the journals and they were better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well i have not read the book yet but i hope its grate i need some thing that rimems with 1804...