By Candice Millard
Paperback, 416 Pages
After his humiliating defeat in the 1912 election, 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, the River of Doubt. 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. In her debut book, Candice Millard tells the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.