* Heroic attempt by US President Teddy Roosevelt to chart one of the largest and most dangerous tributaries of the Amazon - The River of Doubt.
In 1912, shortly after losing his bid to spend a third term as American President to Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt with his son Kermit, a Brazilian guide and a band of camaradas set off deep into the Amazon jungle and a very uncertain fate. Although Roosevelt did eventually return from THE RIVER OF DOUBT, he and his companions faced treacherous cataracts as well as the dangerous indigenous population of the Amazon. He became severely ill on the journey, nearly dying in the jungle from a blood infection and malaria. A mere five years later Roosevelt did die of related issues. One extraordinary factor is the resistance and disbelief the well-respected Roosevelt faced upon what should have been a triumphant return. The region was considered so dangerous that most reputable exploration societies considered Roosevelt's discoveries improbable. The Amazon emerges as a world unconstrained by the rules of civilisation, a place where an ex-president becomes just another creature struggling to survive.
A terrific story - Nicholas Shakespeare, DAILY TELEGRAPH
Gripping - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Superb ... This armchair traveller was absolutely gripped - but very glad to stay put - HERALD
Candice Millard's prose flows along as swiftly as the river... Millard skilfully weaves into the story many absorbing observations about the phenomenal diversity and mystery of the Basin's breathtaking ecosystem and she thus evokes the wonders of the book - LITERARY REVIEW