Opening America's West

Undaunted Courage
Stephen E. Ambrose
Reviewed by Charles G. Eads
Company driver for S&J Transportation
Yeadon, Pa.

Listening time: 22 hours
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Retail: $49.95
Genre: History
Plot: At the command of President Thomas Jefferson, Captain Meriwether Lewis and Captain William Clark pioneer exploration of America’s new West between the Mississippi and the Pacific Ocean (1804-6).
Main characters: Meriwether Lewis is a determined but flawed man. William Clark is a solid companion to Lewis. Together they make a winning team.
What’s best (or not)? I think it is probably historically accurate. I did think it was a bit too long for an unabridged book.
Would you recommend? Yes, it’s a good book for any U.S. history buff.
Narrator’s style: Barrett Whitener is very good. I like the fact that he did not try to mimic voices and accents.
What would you rate the book? A

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