I thought I knew about Theodore Roosevelt. This book opens with him stranded in the Amazon jungle begging his son to let him kill himself so he wouldn’t be a burden on their exploring party any longer. And then it gets better from there. I mean, did you know he is credited with being the first to chart and navigate a totally unknown river as long as the Nile? And that he did that after he was President, just for fun? I’m not sure I need to explain much else, but if you needed more convincing, I will say that Candice Millard who wrote Destiny of the Republic (which I highly recommend) wrote this too and it’s better than her last book. Not only is there a bunch of great history and drama here, it shows a human side of Roosevelt I had not understood before.
Paul Bieber @PaulBieber · Aug 6, 2022
This is a great read.
Scott Snelling @SnellingScott · Aug 6, 2022
Duke of Abruzzi did some pretty rad exploring. I also love the book “River of Doubt” about post-presidency Teddy Roosevelt exploring a previously undocumented Brazilian river that now bears his name. Unbelievable determination to survive.