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At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth. The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron. After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, 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. 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. Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived. From the soaring beauty of the Amazon rain forest to the darkest night of Theodore Roosevelt’s life, here is Candice Millard’s dazzling debut. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Eve Elliott ist eine erfolgreiche Therapeutin, liebende Ehefrau und hingebungsvolle Mutter. Doch ihr Glück ist auf einer Lüge aufgebaut. Als gutgläubiges, verletzliches Mädchen musste sie in einer dunklen Nacht eine Entscheidung treffen, die ihr ganzes Leben veränderte. Und nun muss sie sich wieder entscheiden: Soll sie ihrer Familie sagen, wer sie wirklich ist? Oder soll sie zusehen, wie ein unschuldiger Mann zum Tode verurteilt wird? "Chamberlain hat eine fesselnde Geschichte geschrieben, voller Charaktere die einen auch im Nahhinein nicht loslassen." Publisher’s Weekly
ABOUT THE BOOK The story of one of President Theodore Roosevelt’s most dangerous adventures, Candice Millard’s The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, goes beyond telling the tale of Roosevelt’s harrowing passage along an uncharted South American river to explore his character and the motivation that drove him to seek such a challenge. Family, dogged determination, his personal philosophy, and political loss are all elements that contribute to this portrait of a complex man and make him more than a one-dimensional historical figure. Millard conducted extensive research to understand both the members of the expedition and the area through which they traveled, providing depth and detail to a real-life voyage gone wrong. In the “Notes” at the end of the book, the sources she cites fill 38 pages and include scores of news reports of the day, transcripts of lectures, and letters. The “Select Bibliography” occupies another eight pages and lists books and papers on the people of the rain forest, as well as its plants and animals, expedition members’ personal accounts of the journey, and Roosevelt’s own writing. The knowledge she acquired allows her to capture a sense of both the people and the place and the risk the explorers were taking as they headed into the unknown. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK More menacing was the constant presence of the Cinta Larga, a tribe of cannibals who blended into the landscape and never showed themselves, but kept watch on the foreigners who had encroached on their territory. Enduring near starvation as their food ran low, many members of the expedition became ill, most notably, Roosevelt himself, who was suffering from malaria and developed an infection after injuring his leg on a rock in the river. Near death, he decided to take his own life with a lethal dose of morphine, believing that it was better to sacrifice one life than risk the safety of the whole team. Kermit, however, took charge, and the expedition moved on, carrying Roosevelt on one of the dugout canoes. The expedition became an unrelenting ordeal and struggle for survival as fear, hunger, exhaustion, and disease sapped the men’s strength and spirit. Finally, they spotted evidence of rubber tappers on the river bank, signaling that they had reached a known part of the river. Settlers there gave them food and a dry place to sleep, and the worst was over... Buy a copy to keep reading!
Eigentlich suchen Sam und Remi Fargo Schätze, keine Menschen. Doch für ihren Freund Frank Alton machen sie eine Ausnahme. Kaum haben die Fargos den Auftrag angenommen, entgehen sie nur knapp dem ersten Mordanschlag. Halb auf der Flucht, halb auf der Suche folgen sie der Spur zu einem Luftschiff, das einst im Himalaya verschwand. Was hat sich an Bord befunden, dass sich noch heute Killerkommandos an die Fersen der Schatzjäger heften? Verzweifelt suchen die Fargos nach Antworten. Doch die könnten genauso tödlich sein wie die ewige Kälte auf den Gipfeln des Himalayas ...
Inmitten des ecuadorianischen Dschungels trifft der schwedische Extremsportler Mikael mit seinem Team auf einen verwahrlosten Straßenhund – ausgemergelt und mit Wunden übersät: Arthur. Der Hund weicht ihm nicht mehr von der Seite und folgt ihm selbst durch knietiefen Matsch und im Kayak. Nach 650 km durch die Wildnis Ecuadors steht nicht mehr das Gewinnen des Rennens im Vordergrund sondern das neue Teammitglied heil nach Hause zu bringen. Für Leser des Bestsellers "Bob, der Streuner"

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