A number of years ago (June 1996) our book club read Stephen Ambrose's wonderful book Undaunted Courage. As is probably the case with most Americans, we were all aware of Lewis and Clark's famous expedition, primarily through high school history classes. But of course most of us did not really appreciate the skill, bravery, perseverence and, yes, luck that went into this incredible achievement.

Ambrose's book is replete with factual information about their journey, but, even more importantly, he was able to bring these people back to life for the reader. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark (and don't forget Thomas Jefferson) were men with all the normal human failings, but what they accomplished was simply magnificent. Reading of their lives and exploits and even Lewis's sad demise still fills us with awe and a deeper appreciation of the human spirit's ability to overcome enormous difficulties.

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