The River of Doubt

by Candice Millard | History |
ISBN: 0767913736 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winghaahaahaa98wing of Watertown, Massachusetts USA on 10/21/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by winghaahaahaa98wing from Watertown, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, October 21, 2023
To be released as part of the Color in the Title / Author Bookbox #5.

Journal Entry 2 by winghaahaahaa98wing at Color-in-the-Title/Author Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, October 21, 2023

Released 6 mos ago (10/21/2023 UTC) at Color-in-the-Title/Author Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases


Color in the Title / Author Bookbox #5. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by freezone at Leominster, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, December 24, 2023
Made a stop at my house. I have read some articles based on this book and it looks fascinating, but the print is too small for these far-sighted eyes!

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, January 22, 2024
I'm claiming this from the Color-in-the-title bookbox #5. I enjoy tales of hardships in dangerous regions.

This one's about Roosevelt's explorations in the remote jungles of the Amazon after his failed attempt at a third term as US President. (In an interesting connection to my Arctic-exploration reading, one of the figures brought in to help plan the Amazon expedition was Anthony Fiala, whose attempt to reach the North Pole in 1903 failed, leaving his party stranded in the ice for a couple of years. Not, perhaps, an ideal choice for advice on a rainforest trek?)

The book taught me a lot about Roosevelt, and about another great explorer: Candido Rondon, Brazil's most famous explorer, and a man who went to amazing lengths not only to map the unknown areas of his country but to do so while befriending - or at least avoiding conflict with - the native tribes, as best he could.

The trek itself was incredibly taxing, and in the end cost three lives: one to accident, one to murder, and the third the deliberate abandonment of the murderer. It almost cost Roosevelt his life too, and undoubtedly did shorten it, as the injury he suffered in the final weeks of the journey left him badly weakened. But the efforts of Roosevelt and Rondon, as well as of Roosevelt's son Kermit and most of the rest of the team, took them through highly dangerous and previously unmapped territory, and eventually opened up a large portion of the map. [This had its downside, as - despite Rondon's best efforts - the invasion of wealth-seekers eventually had disastrous effects on the local tribes.]

The story includes personal details and historical, geographical, and botanical notes, switching between Kermit's letters to his fiancee and the expedition notes about arduous portages, loss of canoes and supplies, and encroaching disease and starvation. Quite a harrowing tale - and poignant too, especially in the epilogue; Roosevelt did not survive the trek by many years, and his death seems to have sent his son Kermit into a downward spiral that eventually ended in tragedy.

Rondon, on the other hand, lived a very long and successful life, so perhaps the expedition wasn't entirely doomed {wry grin}.

[There's a TV Tropes page on Roosevelt that's interesting and entertaining.]

Journal Entry 5 by wingGoryDetailswing at -- somewhere in Haverhill -- in Haverhill, Massachusetts USA on Monday, March 4, 2024

Released 1 mo ago (3/4/2024 UTC) at -- somewhere in Haverhill -- in Haverhill, Massachusetts USA


I left this book, bagged against the elements, on a picnic table behind the historic Rocks Village Hand Tub House at 1 River Road, with a lovely view of the bridge over the Merrimack River. Hope someone enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in MA here.]

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