Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson And The Opening Of The American West

Written by:
Stephen E. Ambrose
Narrated by:
Barrett Whitener

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 1996
22 hours 0 minutes
From the New York Times bestselling author of Band of Brothers and D-Day, the definitive book on Lewis and Clark’s exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, the most momentous expedition in American history and one of the great adventure stories of all time.

In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and back. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, made the first map of the trans-Mississippi West, provided invaluable scientific data on the flora and fauna of the Louisiana Purchase territory, and established the American claim to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information about weather, terrain, and medical knowledge at the time to provide a vivid backdrop for the expedition. Lewis is supported by a rich variety of colorful characters, first of all Jefferson himself, whose interest in exploring and acquiring the American West went back thirty years. Next comes Clark, a rugged frontiersman whose love for Lewis matched Jefferson’s. There are numerous Indian chiefs, and Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition, along with the French-Indian hunter Drouillard, the great naturalists of Philadelphia, the French and Spanish fur traders of St. Louis, John Quincy Adams, and many more leading political, scientific, and military figures of the turn of the century.

High adventure, high politics, suspense, drama, and diplomacy combine with high romance and personal tragedy to make this outstanding work of scholarship as readable as a novel.
Profile Avatar
Lee W.

Wow ! Incredible undertaking

Profile Avatar
Debra B.

Great history of Jefferson, Lewis, and Clark and the Louisiana Purchase. History lessons abound and getting insights into the personalities.

Profile Avatar
Ike M.

I learned so much about the expedition and Lewis himself. Wonderful, inspiring book.

Profile Avatar

I wish they would teach this in school. It could be taught in an English class or a History class

Profile Avatar

This is a great book gives you a new understanding of what Lewis and Clark accomplished and the men themselves

Profile Avatar

Very good book. Loved the narration. Felt like I was part of the story and actually there.

Profile Avatar
Kathy Gleason

A wonderful read, thank you for making this available to us.

Profile Avatar
james carroll

Fascinating story of a journey into the unknown, and the unique men perfectyl suited for the task.

1 book added to cart
View Cart