Reasonable Discourse Book Club: River of Doubt

  • 3/27/2021 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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  • Reasonable Discourse Book Club: River of Doubt

    Join us for March's Reasonable Discourse, a journey and discussion about books that matter. This month the book is River of Doubt by Candice Millard.

    This was Millard's first book and is easily my favorite as it explores one of my favorite former Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt.

    After a humilating loss for President, Roosevelt looked for a new and exciting adventure to distract him. Always a lover of the outdoors and roughing it, he set his goal on exploring the Amazon River.

    "The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.

    After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.

    Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived."

    This book allows you to see Roosevelt not only strong and sure of himself, but also weak and vunerable. You see him not only as a national treasure, but as a survivor, a human being, a friend, and a father.

    It is an easy, enjoyable and fascinating read.

    I hope you will read this book and share the morning with me drinking coffee and discussing it. Fortunately, it was released in 2005 so library copies, audio versions, kindle versions and used books are readily available.

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