Overview (No Spoilers): First and foremost a very merry Happy Birthday to my bestie Sarah! ❤ To celebrate our birthdays and to see each other we are going on an adventure to Zion National Park, which you’ll get to hear all about next week!
After completing my last book adventure in ancient Egypt, my next trip through time will be a bit more modern and will take me to Theodore Roosevelt’s post Presidential trip through the Amazon. This is my second book by Millard, the first being Destiny of the Republic, and I find her narration and style being very pleasing for historical nonfiction. She truly captures the essence of the time and transports the reader back to the time period of her subject matter. While at some point in my education I knew that Roosevelt an adventurous side, especially during his youthful escapades through the Badlands, I had no clue that after he lost his bid for reelection he coped by undertaking a dangerous exploration to an unknown river of the Amazon. It is hard to comprehend current Presidents or political figures having the gumption, or perhaps freedom to undertake such a feat. Having previously read survival stories from the tropics, Lost City of Z and Lost in Shangri-La, I already had an inkling of the dangers that Roosevelt would be encountering and had to wonder, as I started The River of Doubt, that I would already have been told somewhere in my childhood lessons that a former President had died while exploring the Amazon. Millard highlights the social and political attitudes of the time as well as the strong personalities that make up this expedition. Overall, The River of Doubt tells the fantastic tale of an exPresident of the United States’ harrowing voyage down a tributary of the Amazon River that is plagued with disaster after disaster that that leaves the reader in disbelief as the story and outcome seem too bizarre to be real.