Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West – Stephen E. Ambrose

Another brilliantly researched tale of early America, specifically the relationship between Jefferson and Lewis that would lead to one man’s struggle with contradictory convictions in order to establish the beginnings of an American empire and thus send the latter on one of the most epic adventures in the history of exploration. So why couldn’t I finish reading it? The problem is personal. Most of the tome details the Lewis and Clark expedition: what they packed, what they saw, and what they overcame, and I’m simply not into camping, hiking, the great outdoors, and lists including how many fish hooks were finally purchased. Note to author: you might want to update your rant against the argument of Jefferson fathering illegitimate slave children as it has been proven with DNA.