The River of Doubt
President Theodore Roosevelt found energy through grueling physical challenges. In this highly recommended biographical work, comparable to a thriller, he explores the River of Doubt, an unmapped tributary of the Amazon. Roosevelt boarded a ship to travel to South America in October 1913; he returned to the United States via New York Harbor in May 1914. While en route, Roosevelt’s companions included his son Kermit and Brazilian explorer Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon. In this harsh environment, incidents with rapids, man-eating creatures, starvation and disease are the reality of daily life. The author’s decision to selectively limit descriptions to their surroundings—canoe crashes, deaths of pack animals, theft of supplies, and disgruntlements within the caravan—results in a quick-flowing narrative.