The Journals of Lewis and Clark

The Journals of Lewis and Clark An alternate cover edition exists here In when the United States purchased Louisiana from France the great expanse of this new American territory was a blank not only on the map but in our know

  • Title: The Journals of Lewis and Clark
  • Author: Meriwether Lewis WilliamClark Bernard DeVoto
  • ISBN: 9780395083802
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Journals of Lewis and Clark

    An alternate cover edition exists here.In 1803, when the United States purchased Louisiana from France, the great expanse of this new American territory was a blank not only on the map but in our knowledge President Thomas Jefferson keenly understood that the course of the nation s destiny lay westward that a national Voyage of Discovery must be mounted to determAn alternate cover edition exists here.In 1803, when the United States purchased Louisiana from France, the great expanse of this new American territory was a blank not only on the map but in our knowledge President Thomas Jefferson keenly understood that the course of the nation s destiny lay westward that a national Voyage of Discovery must be mounted to determine the nature accessibility of the frontier He commissioned his young secretary, Meriwether Lewis, to lead an intelligence gathering expedition from the Missouri River to the northern Pacific coast and back From 1804 to 1806, Lewis, accompanied by co captain William Clark, the Shoshone guide Sacajawea 32 men, made the first trek across the Louisiana Purchase, mapping the rivers as he went, tracing the principal waterways to the sea establishing the American claim to the territories of Idaho, Washington Oregon together the captains kept a journal, a richly detailed record of the flora fauna they sighted, the Indian tribes they encountered the awe inspiring landscape they traversed, from their base camp near present day St Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River In keeping this record they made an incomparable contribution to the literature of exploration the writing of natural history The Journals of Lewis Clark, writes Bernard DeVoto, was the first report on the West, on the United States over the hill beyond the sunset, on the province of the American future There has never been another so excellent or so influentialIt satisfied desire created desire the desire of the westering nation.

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    1. Jeff

      The ultimate travel book. A well-edited and annotated conglomeration of both Lewis & Clark's journals of their journey to find the west coast of America and back. Truly one of the most amazing journeys ever made by Americans - and one that still is probably more amazing than the one made to the moon. The writing itself is really interesting (and funny) for its typical early 19th century disregard for regularity of spellings, but the sheer awesomeness of seeing the things they saw for the fir [...]

    2. Bill Palladino

      Maybe I'm a sap. I don't know. This book was enthralling from start to finish. One of the most pivotal moments in American history as Merriwether Lewis and William Clark set off on a brave expedition of what would soon become United States territory. Sent on a mission of exploration and commerce by Thomas Jefferson this duo and their cohorts endure hardship after hardship on their quest to follow the Missouri River to its headwaters and to the Pacific Ocean beyond.The prose is stunning as the tw [...]

    3. Kbh103

      There is something about the imperfect spelling and broken grammar that is flavorful and solid, like the scratches on a vintage record or the fuzz in the background on the radio. Also, some of the passages are just flat-out cool in their curt yet epic appraisal of the landscape. "Yep, over there, the Indians won't go near that mountain because it's said that it's defended by Spirits and Little People who will kill you if you get too close. Me and Lewis are gonna go check it out tomorrow." Liked [...]

    4. Peter Tillman

      Read most but finally bogged down. Fascinating details. I should go back to it some time, but "so many books."

    5. David Roark

      Enjoyed it took a bit to get into the feel of it, but once I did, I got into it more. Captains Lewis and Clark both had very good powers of description, and obviously possessed quite a bit of attention to detail. I liked the stories about the encounters they had with the wildlife, and also with the Native Americans. The story about Lewis advancing toward the Natives in a couple scenarios, saying the word he thought meant white man, when he was in fact announcing that he was a "stranger" or possi [...]

    6. Christy

      Couldn’t get through this one. I wish it was more interesting to me, but it was a struggle to get through the first 100 or so pages.

    7. Misti

      A journal entry or two a day for nearly a year and it was worth every word and hour. Clark wasted no words while Lewis was a story teller and their cohesive voices took me on an uncharted journey to the west coast through land that no white man had yet seen at that time.I've followed many parts of the trails while reading their words. I've stood where they stood and I've read their words while envisioning what they saw. The Journals of Lewis and Clark are words that can change your life. This is [...]

    8. Lostinanovel

      Wow. I was expecting something slow but this was a thriller. Seeing the great West unfold before these men was an exciting read. Made me wonder why I read fictional adventures when this is out there…Sacajawea steals the show in the early part of the book. These great men really depend on her. She guides them, teaches them what to eat and translates. Her husband was a bit of an ass-always getting sore feet, sinking a boat, unable to swim, but they got to take him along because they need her. 2 [...]

    9. Bryan

      An amazing story and perspective. I was given an abbreviated summary during my school history class days on the journey and its ramifications on the future expansion and development of the American nation. Also there are the brief documentaries and public references to Lewis and Clark. But to read the actual and frequent (many times updated daily) words of the two leaders and the human level challenges of their trek, including their party's non stop daily supply gathering, searching for food, na [...]

    10. Dominick

      Lewis and Clark are two well known mans that were sent by Thomas Jefferson to explore the northwest passage. In 1803 they set out from St. Louis, Missouri on a keel boat on the Missouri river. They were to find specimens in the north west to give to Jefferson for new discoveries of animals they have found. This book is about Lewis and Clark who struggle through a 2 year trip to explore the Louisiana territory who Thomas Jefferson bought from a guy by the name of napoleon to expand united states. [...]

    11. Vic Heaney

      This is a huge book and quite difficult to read. It consists of the original notes taken mainly by Clark but also some entries by Lewis during their famous expedition. It rambles, the spelling is atrocious and not even consistently atrocious. Quite often one reads the entry for a date then finds it is followed by another, expanded entry for the same date. It is hard work to read, just as it would be difficult to read the original notes and drafts of most books. So I am regarding it as an elephan [...]

    12. Jerome

      EhhhI gave up on this.I had read Stephen Ambrose's Undaunted Courage a few weeks ago, and so I thought this might be interesting. I quickly got bored and unenthusiastic. Some people might like it for its historical value as a firsthand account, but the edition I read was abridged, a watered-down four hundred or so pages.This isn't a must-read. Maybe Gary Moulton's 13-volume set is. But, still, how exciting can a journal be?

    13. Susan Chamberlain

      Don't buy the unabridged Kindle version. Evidently Captain Clark kept multiple copies of his journal, and all 2 or 3 versions are presented in chronological order. You find yourself reading very tedious accounts of how much game they saw, the natives they encountered and the rivers they passed, all repeated 2 or 3 times for each day. In print versions I assume it would be easy to skip to the next day, but in Kindle it is not.

    14. Kayla Raine

      The content in the books was interesting and it was worth the read to experience the trip across the continent in their own accounts, but the writing was horribly dry and boring. It's very much a textbook-type read. If I had to do it over again, I'd probably look for a more exciting biography on the subject.

    15. Leli

      I had high hopes for this, but I'll be honest: the discovery of the West is incredibly interesting; Lewis and Clark's journals aren't. These journals clearly were not meant for other people to read. They're tedious reading (because day-to-day routines are tedious), and are too close to the action to show the interesting bits of their journey.

    16. James

      Reading Stephen Ambrose biography of Meriwether Lewis, "Undaunted Courage", inspired me to read this edition of the Lewis and Clark Journals. It is still an exciting story well-told; an important document of American history.

    17. Aaron

      Someone recommended to me I read a book about something I knew very little about. This book started my new focus in reading. If I'm not growing in someway I am stagnant. If I'm going to spend time reading it is going to be for my growth.

    18. Emily Schlepp

      I'm sorry, but I've never been so happy to finish a book in my life. (It was interesting at parts, but seemed to repeat the same things about 800 times and both authors had a million ways to spell EVERY WORD IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE!)

    19. ErikaForth

      It is what it is the journals recorded by Lewis and Clark on their infamous mission. Kind of boring, but what do you expect? Also riddled with errors and hard to understand language because that is what they wrote.

    20. Jeff Friedman

      Ok, I aborted thus book after 50 pages or so. Not because it was uninteresting, it's just that a Lewis and Clark program was on Netflix, and after watching that, I just did not feel like reading it!

    21. Augusto Bernardi

      This book was more or less of what I expected but still wasn't enough for me to get really excited out really involved. It might be because of the actual story of the journey or most likely because of the format the book is structured in. Brief description of the day in each entry make the book sound like bullet points. Meriwether Lewis didn't actually get around to writing a proper book like he initially intended to and died before it got done (some say it was suicide but others say it was murd [...]

    22. Kate

      This is an amazing story for so many reasons, starting with Jefferson's instructions to Meriwether Lewis, which for me sums up what our national character is (should be). The way the character of the trip evolves over time (the difference between the outward-bound and homeward-bound journal entries is particularly striking), the abiding amity among the members of the expedition, their resourcefulness and sheer determination to do the jobI was in awe and completely absorbed through the whole book [...]

    23. Kathryn

      I purchased this book while on our vacation, at the bookstore at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis (aka The Gateway Arch), but only started reading it along about November 12. It has been a very fun read, to see how Lewis & Clark got There and Back Again, and I am actually sorry that they have made it back safely to civilization, because I was enjoying reading the book so much.As you learned way back in American History Class, in May of 1804 President Thomas Jefferson se [...]

    24. Trish Harrington

      This was an amazing read. In fact, I may just have to get it again and re-read it. I loved the encounters with the Native Americans, and the confrontations with bears. The unknown trails they take, and the internal compass I believe they both had for navigation. (I get worried when I have to decide which fork to take in a state parkd will I find my way back).ey just forge ahead and never have a doubt where they are going, and if they do, so be it. America's first naturalists.

    25. Jim

      In my opinion, just mine, this book is as good or better than Stephen Ambrose. Why? Because it came from the source itself; Meriwether Lewis. While it has Lewis's name on it and the journals were largely drawn up and chronicled by Lewis it was Clark that ended up putting the final book together. After the end of the journey of all journey's Lewis was at the end of his rope and unable to put all the notes into a readable form. (As in finished)

    26. BarbJerry Benjamin

      Superb! The great American adventure well written,warts and all, with detail AND grand scope. You should read this. Really. Jerry

    27. Carolyn

      I loved reading this record of an amazing journey. Each time I travel to any of the places along their route, I will remember how this assemblage of men, a baby, and one steadfast Native woman prevailed. The list of supplies and "medicines" in the Appendix renewed my faith in the human body. It is indeed an incredible machine. Only one man lost, and they didn't even have Valium, much less aspirin. Even the (pet) dog made it home.

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