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Published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of America's most
famous expedition as well as to coincide with the release of the Lewis
and Clark IMAX film, a magnificent volume brings to life the Lewis and
Clark Trail through moving narrative, elegant commentary, personal
selections from the explorers' journals, and lavish photographs that
capture the natural beauty of the American West.

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Reviews for Lewis & Clark: Voyage of Discovery:

5

August 7, 2000

Wow
Wow! I love this book. I also love Ambrose's writing. He instills so much energy into this tale. Anyone who has seen Ken Burns' Lewis and Clark-The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, will remember how strong a presence he had in that film. He is truly dynamic. The history teacher I never had. I've been reading this book in conjunction with the journals and it really makes a great combo. When I'm a little confused as to what's happening in the journals, this book helps fill in the blanks. Maps and archival photos are also a real nice touch. Oh, and the landscape photos are beautiful too. I also have to disagree with a previous reviewer who mentioned that the addition of Ambrose's family experiences were annoying. I find them enjoyable and they really help give me a sense of what many of the L & C places are like in the present. I've always wondered about that. This book is A MUST for L & C admirers.
3

January 21, 2006

Very good in some ways, very Stephen Ambrose in some ways
The historical account is great for the most part, but I have two complaints.

The first is that, as one other reviewer notes, Ambrose injects himself and his family too much into the narrative. Jumping from past to present is bad enough if not necessary, but doing so for "look at me" reasons is worse.

Then again, it is Stephen Ambrose, and it's not totally surprising.

The book does also have some degree of the "American triumphalism" view of history that's par from him.

And, the treatment of the various Indian tribes in the context of their times, while decent, was nothing fantastic.

The pictures are indeed great. Of course, you can find many of the same from other great photographers, or from other National Geographic books.
4

February 21, 2014

Fine companion book
This book makes a fine companion to my copy of "Undaunted Courage" and helps inspire me to retrace some of the Lewis and Clark trail in Montana, Idaho and Oregon this summer.
4

Aug 22, 2013

I enjoy travel writing, non-fiction, photography and American History and this book basically combines these elements a an interesting, informative and entertaining way.

I recomend it for anyone interested in the adventure of Lewis and Clark and their men, early American exploration or simply for the beautuful photos, illustrations and details.

(Note - it's a wide, coffee-table sized book that's better for browsing on a couch than on an e-reader or airplane seat)
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Dec 21, 2012

Very good in spots, very Stephen Ambrose in spots

The historical account is great for the most part, but I have two complaints.

The first is that Ambrose injects himself and his family too much into the narrative. Jumping from past to present is bad enough if not necessary, but doing so for "look at me" reasons is worse.

Then again, it is Stephen Ambrose, and it's not totally surprising.

The book does also have some degree of the "American triumphalism" view of history that's par from him.

And, the Very good in spots, very Stephen Ambrose in spots

The historical account is great for the most part, but I have two complaints.

The first is that Ambrose injects himself and his family too much into the narrative. Jumping from past to present is bad enough if not necessary, but doing so for "look at me" reasons is worse.

Then again, it is Stephen Ambrose, and it's not totally surprising.

The book does also have some degree of the "American triumphalism" view of history that's par from him.

And, the treatment of the various Indian tribes in the context of their times, while decent, was nothing fantastic.

The pictures are indeed great. Of course, you can find many of the same from other great photographers, or from other National Geographic books. ...more
4

Aug 24, 2017

I was inspired by an upcoming road trip to read this account of the Lewis and Clark Expedition which I knew so little about. It was a good read with lots of quotes from the journals they kept on the trip and really brought the expedition alive for me. Ambrose's enthusiasm really came through. He and his family including five children have hiked and kayaked over many portions of the trails Lewis and Clark followed.
5

Mar 28, 2016

Fine writing and excellent research from this author. As usual, Ambrose is in his element relaying the work of great explorers and heroes alike. The information that is essential is present and speculation is scant in this best of an Ambrose effort.
5

July 21, 2017

Beautiful hardcover book
This coffee table book is very good. As far as L&C photo books that we own, I rank them:

GOOD : Lewis And Clark Trail The Photo Journal by George Thomas
BETTER: Lewis & Clark Voyage of Discovery by National Geographic Books/ Stephen Ambrose
BEST : The Lewis & Clark Trail by Richard Mack

What I like about this book is the exciting text (from Ambrose's Undaunted Courage) and the glorious photographs of scenery and artifacts. Beautiful hardcover book.
3

April 10, 2019

Library Book
As a librarian, I had a student who requested an adult book for his research project on Lewis & Clark. I needed something that would come in quickly so I ordered this book off of Amazon. The book came in 2 days. However, the book did not come with the beautiful cover that is shown on the website. It is simply a black hardbound cover. It will not be something that students pick up to read simply because of the cover. The inside pictures are lovely; the cover, not so much. Very disappointed!
5

September 17, 2015

Makes you feel as though you were there.
Such a fascinating book, well written, you feel like you were on the Voyage of Discovery yourself.
Helps you to understand the gigantic undertaking this exploration actually was.
5

November 10, 2017

delivers on expectation
This book is awesome
5

July 20, 2017

A Beautiful Book
It is a beautiful and interesting book. It is joy to look at and review.
5

January 12, 2018

Five Stars
Excellent!
5

February 8, 2013

Lewis and Clark- Voyage of Discovery
This is a very good book for Lewis and Clark readers. I enjoy Stephen Ambrose and you can hear his voice in this book- great illustrations, Catlin art, and the book was purchased cheaply.
5

May 12, 2013

Blew my mind away!
Absolutely loved reading this book. Couldn't put it down. Loved the stories in this book. Well researched. This is a story everyone should know more about.
5

May 11, 2015

Five Stars
It is book of which I am well pleased
4

September 3, 2018

Excellent
Excellent coffee table book. Ambrose has weaved a strong, three-stranded chord: a scholarly account of Lewis and Clark’s expedition, his own journal of walking in their footsteps, and beautiful photographs of the land traversed in this truly epic adventure.
4

June 10, 2015

Great book! Poor shipping method
Book was shipped in a single thickness plastic envelope. No significant damage but a book in new condition should be shipped in a better container. The book itself was excellent--as expected from this author.
4

February 25, 2006

A good overall Lewis & Clark Book
Good photos, although I would have liked to have seen more that were site-specific and tied directly to the text. Ambrose writes well, as usual. Very enjoyable read.
5

October 5, 2016

Five Stars
thanks
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September 12, 2016

Five Stars
Better than described!
5

November 24, 2015

Five Stars
great book brings you back to what Lewis and Clark went though to explore the west!
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August 13, 2015

Five Stars
Great book
5

Nov 12, 2018

I have previously read Ambrose's Undaunted Courage and the Bernard De Voto edition of the journals of Lewis And Clark. And earlier this year my wife and I did a river cruise on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, following part of the captains' route. And reading this book several months after the cruise made me wish I had discovered it before the trip. The somewhat condensed account of this book, accompanied by the many beautiful photos, makes for a great introduction or review of this fantastic I have previously read Ambrose's Undaunted Courage and the Bernard De Voto edition of the journals of Lewis And Clark. And earlier this year my wife and I did a river cruise on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, following part of the captains' route. And reading this book several months after the cruise made me wish I had discovered it before the trip. The somewhat condensed account of this book, accompanied by the many beautiful photos, makes for a great introduction or review of this fantastic voyage. The more I learn of the expedition, the more amazed I become at the accomplishment. One other feature of the book that I appreciated was Ambrose's juxtaposition of twenty years' worth of Ambrose family vacations to the Lewis And Clark trail with the places and events as described by the captains. Those stories make me want to go back and see more of what they saw. ...more
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Mar 14, 2019

The photographs are stunning and very inclusive. The text is easy to follow and Mr. Ambrose makes it all relatable by including his own family's journal entrees, as they follow the Lewis & Clark route. This would be the book to choose if you were only to read one Lewis & Clark account. This would also be a very good American History required school read.

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