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Undaunted CourageCed the savage North American continent before any other white man UNDAUNTED COURAGE is the tale of a hero but it is also a tragedy Lewis may have received a hero's welcome on his return to Washington in but his discoveries did not match the president's fantasies of sweeping fertile plains ripe for the taking Feeling the expedition had been a failure Lewis took to drink and piled up debts Full of colourful characters Jefferson the pres Perhaps I'm tainted by revelations about the author's techniues that were revealed late in his life But also understanding what really happened on this journey makes me think that without the Native Americans Lewis Clark would have never made it over the mountains never mind making it backThey were incredibly lucky And the author focuses primarily on Lewis It's a good over view of the journey pulling together various sources but it seemed whenever Ambrose had to really get you into what these men experienced he had a hard time and had to use the words of others Having experienced the Rocky Mountains in winter at minus 60 and on many feet of snow during Winter Warfare training with 10th Special Forces Group Airborne I have tremendous respect for what these men accomplished and went through I'm not uite sure Ambrose understood he did mention the rafting trip he tookBut really it wasn't like it was an uninhabited wilderness They constantly needed Native guides to show them the way That doesn't diminish what they did but it does make me think of the whole thing a bit differentlyBy the way I drove the Natchez Trace Parkway recently on the way to New Orleans and have to admit the monotony could drive a depressed man to suicide

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'This was much than a bunch of guys out on an exploring and collecting expedition This was a military expedition into hostile territory' In President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary Captain Meriwether Lewis to lead a pioneering voyage across the Great Plains and into the Rockies It was completely uncharted territory a wild vast land ruled by the Indians Charismatic and brave Lewis was the perfect choice and he experien Lewis and Clark the actual storyThis is the ultimate adventure A bunch of dudes in totally uncharted territory trying to to make it there and back alive What I loved it shows Indians both good and bad Some Indians were incredibly gracious to the party Others complete manipulative jerks All of them wanted guns all of them wanted tobacco and all of them really really wanted whiskey And they gave away their women for anyone to boink I had too romantic a view of indians before this book it enlightened me It shows how Jefferson was a man who wanted an American empire very very badly How he foolishly thought he could manipulate the Indians And the utter insensitivity and disrespect white men had for indians Also I am supremely jealous they traversed the land before any airplane had ever flown over it any car driven through it Lewis gives gorgeous portraits of the land as he passes through did you know the great plains were once filled with game and it was only the hunting and destruction the settlers brought that forced them to the mountains where they live today Good stuffAnd Ambrose is a superb writer this one will not put you to sleep like any history textbook

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Ambrose – 'This was much than a bunch of guys out on an exploring and collecting expedition This was a military expedition into hostile territory' In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personIdent obsessed with conuering the west William Clark the rugged frontiersman Sacagawea the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition Drouillard the French Indian hunter this is one of the great adventure stories of all time and it shot to the top of the US bestseller charts Drama suspense danger and diplomacy combine with romance and personal tragedy making UNDAUNTED COURAGE an outstanding work of scholarship and a thrilling adventure To do list Defend “pop history” talk about America I was on the phone with a history major friend of mine and I told him I had just finished Undaunted Courage He chuckled and told me Stephen Ambrose is a “pop historian” who isn’t really worth reading Well I asked him when was the last time he had read a research paper or PHD thesis for fun There exists a needless divide between academic writing versus accessible interesting yet informative writing The divide exists because of the attitude of people like my anonymous friend named after an African water dwelling mammal – if normal people can read it well then it must not be sufficiently academic for the likes of me a true intellectual Instead of pretending to enjoy the esoteric research writing style I take my hat off to people like Ambrose who are able to express ideas in an intelligible and passionate way that is still understandable to most people My favorite example of this would be Carl Sagan and Cosmos but Ambrose is in a similar vein He discusses big ideas and explains them in such a way that isn’t boring but instead enjoyable to read He’s not writing to a handful of people who read peer reviewed journals he’s talking to most people What’s so bad about that Onto America and this book The story of the actual expedition is incredible There journey was basically like exploring a new planet as the expedition was cut off from communication with the outside world for 2 years They had no idea what they were going to encounter or discover The best minds at the time knew the continent was about 3000 miles wide in between the coasts they believed that the Rockies would resemble the Appalachia in size and that dinosaurs still existed there is a paragraph about Lewis speaking with Caspar Wistar before heading off They really were setting off on a journey of discovery people didn’t know what was out there but they had sharpened a method of recording data and reporting it back to the various intellectual societies With an immense desire to learn and record what they saw diligently Lewis Clark and their 30 some odd men set off The astonishing sense of possibility and discovery at the time the leadership displayed by the captains the perseverance of the Corp of Discovery the fascinating stories of encountering tribes who had never seen white people before the discovery of plants and animals sometimes frightening than others survival of hardship etc all incredible Within this book there are several stories that can be extracted and discussed Some of my favorites are seeing a Sioux war dance encountering the grizzly bear Shoshones tribes and their lack of guns 8 year old boys exploring and hunting in the woods at night There are several personalities that are a delight to consider and who are presented with enthusiasm This marks the second time I’ve read this book and on my current America bender I read with a focus towards what makes America uniue What defines us how did our soul begin to form This book has a lot of information in those areas I think the main things I walk away with are the sense of possibility the joy of discovery and the one I’d like to focus one – our uniue leadership style of the passionate outdoorsman meets the uiet intellectual Lewis embodies the American spirit in a body that Jefferson wishes he had well minus the suicidal part He is intelligent capable a man of principle a hard worker and a tough leader but a man who can get his hands dirty and would never ask a subordinate to do something he wouldn’t do himself a man who inspires the best out of others – that’s the American spirit and leadership style to a t Be able to get your hands dirty but still discuss Shakespeare America was the right place at the right time you had men who gave birth to an idea and real estate to the west that allowed their ideals to take on different shapes that were appropriate to the circumstances as they traveled America is an idea that evolves and takes on different shapes while adhering to her fundamental principles of euality opportunity and hard work It’s interesting to note that at the beginning of the country there was still division over the how we go about doing this do you favor the businessman or the common man do you pinch pennies or do you invest in the future I wonder if we still have such an acute sense of possibility or frankly the kind of opportunities that were available to people during this time or even our grandparents I digress but here’s the point – America kicks ass We did then and we do now The “new order of man” was perhaps a bit excited then but if we can retain their idealism as we explore increasingly populated terrain That’s this generation’s Lewis and Clark campaign How do we navigate the new frontier of a crowded entrenched and entitled group of people Will we achieve the same excellence Is it something we can maintain We shall seeuotesJefferson talking about Lewis’ childhood “he was remarkable even in infancy for enterprise boldness and discretion When only 8 years of age he habitually went out in the dead of night alone with his dogs into the forest to hunt the raccoon and opossum”as a boy and young man he went barefoot in the Virginia manner According to Jefferson the young Lewis hunted barefoot in the snow 2430 how cool is thatIn the years following the revolution life on the Virginia plantation had much to recommend it There was the reality of political independence There were the balls and dinner the entertainment There was freedom of religion The political talk about the nature of man and the role of government has not been surpassed at any time or any place since and at its best the talk could stand compared to the level in ancient Athens 33In addition it seemed unlikely that one nation could govern an entire contient The distances were just too great A critical fact in the world of 1801 was that nothing moved faster than the speed of a horse No human being no manufactured item no bushel of wheat no side of beef no letter no information no idea order or instruction of any kind moved faster Nothing ever had moved any faster and as far as Jefferson’s contemporaries were able to tell nothing ever would 52Jefferson believed in what he called “an empire of liberty” “Our confederacy must be viewed as the nest from which all America North or South is to be peopled” he wrote even before the Constitution was adopted and as president he said that he awaited with impatience the day when the continent would be settled by a people “speaking the same language governed in similar forms and by similar lawsIn an age of imperialism he was the greatest empire builder of all His mind encompassed the continent From the beginning of the revolution he thought of the United States as a nation stretching from sea to sea More than any other man he made that happenThanks to Thomas Jefferson the United States would be an empire without colonies an empire of euals 56Henry Adams described the American of 1801 in these words “Stripped for the hardest work every muscle firm and elastic every ounce of brain ready for use and not a trace of superfluous flesh on his nervous and supple body the American stood in the world a new order of man” 58It was a favorite saying of one of President Johnson’s twentieth century success Dwight Eisenhower that in war before the battle is joined plans are everything but once the shooting begins plans are worthless The same aphorism can be said about exploration 81Napoleon on the Louisiana purchase “The sale assures forever the power of the United States and I have given England a rival who sooner or later will humble her pride “ 101His intense curiosity compelled him to study the world around him and the sky above him 120These young heroes were in great shape strong as bulls eager to get going full of energy and testosterone – and bored So they fought and drank – and drank and fought 130Lewis’ objectives as given to him by Jefferson were to establish American sovereignty peace and a trading empire in which the warriors would put down their weapons and take up trapsRelations with the Indians were important establishing commercial ties with them was desirable but the sin ua uo of the expedition was to return with as much information as possible Put bluntly Lewis’ first objective was to get through and whatever he had to sacrifice to do it would be sacrificed 154Their blood was up They were Virginia gentlemen who had been challenged They were ready to fight 171The soldiers meanwhile enjoyed the favors of the Arikara women often encouraged to do so by the husbands who believed that they would catch some of the power of the white men from such intercourse transmitted to them through their wives One warrior invited York Clark’s black servant to his lodge offered him his wife and guarded the entrance during the act York was said to be “the big Medison” Whether the Indians got white or black powers from the intercourse cannot be said but what they had gotten for sure from their hospitality to previous white traders was venereal disease which was rampant in the villages and passed on the men of the expedition this happened in a few Indian villages 180He was ready intensely alive Every nerve ending was sensitive to the slightest change whether what the eye saw or the skin felt or the ears heard or the tongue tasted or the fingers touched He had the endearing sense of wonder and awe at the marvels of nature that made him the nearly perfect man to be the first to describe the glories of the American West 216Grizzly story Chapter 18 219Lewis describing the White Cliffs in Montana “vast ranges of walls of tolerable workmanship so perfect indeed that I should have thought that nature had attempted here to rival the human art of masonry had I not recollected that she had first began her work” 228Well led men working together can do far than they ever thought they could Especially if they re in life threatening situations – which was exactly where Lewis intended to lead them He dared to do so because he knew that they had in them than they thought and he knew how to bring out the best in them 273Lewis’ journal upon turning 31 “This day I completed my thirty first year I reflected that I had as yet done but little very little indeed to further the happiness of the human race or to advance the information for the succeeding generation I viewed with regret the many hours I have spent in indolence and now sorely feel the want of that information which those hours would have given me had they been judiciously expendedIn the future to live for mankind as I have heretofore lived for myself 280Chapter 22 – Shoshones Spaniards and the lack of guns – read this part if you want to see why guns are a tool of independence and with holding them makes the people better slaves weaker individuals