Trip of a Lifetime with Theodore Roosevelt


Late in 2008 I was searching the catalog for an eAudiobook to download when I found Candice Millard's "River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey." Although I am not much of a history buff, I had heard a radio interview of Ms. Millard. The topic sounded interesting enough and not much else was available, so I took a chance and downloaded it to my MP3 player.

The reader was Paul Michael, who does a very good job. The drama of the event--Roosevelt's post-presidential trip in the Amazon--is undeniably exciting. The mistakes and mishaps that threatened the expedition create tension from start to finish. Millard's writing is quite skillful; every time a question arose because of my limited knowledge of Theodore Roosevelt, the Amazon, or U.S. history, Millard answered it within minutes (or paragraphs.)

The book was very satisfying and created a fascination with Theodore Roosevelt that has led me to read and/or listen to several other books. Among them are Edmund Morris' "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt," "Colonel Roosevelt" and "Theodore Rex." Also, "The Big Burn : Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America " byTimothy Egan. Next up is David McCullough's "Mornings on Horseback."

Funny how one chance download can lead a person to discover a brand new interest.

--Julie C., Headquarters

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