Candice Millard’s “The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey” is one of the most popular and well-loved books on any president currently in print. Published in 2005, this was Millard’s inaugural work and quickly became a New York Times bestseller. Millard is a former editor and writer for National Geographic.
Self-evident from the book’s title, this is not a comprehensive biography of Teddy Roosevelt. Instead, it is a dramatic and brilliantly told story of one of the most riveting and dangerous years in Roosevelt’s life: his journey to South America in late 1913 and his 400-mile expedition down the Amazon basin’s previously uncharted Rio da Dúvida (the “River of Doubt”) in the early months of 1914.
This journey, which typically receives between one paragraph and a few pages in traditional TR biographies, gets 353 pages in this fast-paced narrative. And what begins as a tale of…
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