There was no doubt at all that this was going to be a wonderful journey with Theodore Roosevelt! I had no idea before I found this book that he had made such a treacherous exploratory venture into the unknown jungles of the Amazon! He is one of my favorite Presidents and I have read at least two biographies of him over the years and had introduced him to my grandson when I read Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Margeurite Henry to him when he was small. Roosevelt has even cropped up in the book I am reading now (I have four others to review though before I share it!) He was larger than life, and fascinating! I never tire of learning more about him.
This book was well-written, well-researched and really interesting. It opened up an unknown chapter in Teddy's life, one of explorer of unknown areas, for the River of Doubt (later named for him) had never been traversed before he did so with his oddly-matched team. They go through unbelievable dangers, crossing areas of cannibalistic Indians and fighting the river itself with its many unpassable rapids and falls, and they face dangerous animals and diseases as well. For months no one knows where they are or if they are even still alive. The fact that they are using boats that are completely un-suited for the type of river they are following makes it all the worse. Really great bit of historic writing! Loved it!