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The essential Lewis and Clark
Lewis, Meriwether, 1774-1809.
Uniform Title:
Original journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Selections
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Ecco Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xx, 203 pages : illustrations, maps ; 19 cm
General Note:
Excerpts from the 1904-05 version of: Original journals of the Lewis and Clark edpedition, 1804-1806 ; edited by Reuben Gold Thwaites.
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F592.4 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The journals of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark remain the single most important document in the history of American exploration. This compact volume of their journals, compiled by American Book Awaard nominee Landon Y. Jones, includes all of the most riveting tales of their adventure.

Here is a concise, breathtaking record of Lewis and Clark's legendary journey to the Pacific, written by the two captains--under unspeakable stress and the threat of constant danger--with an immediacy that startles to this day. Through these tales of adventure we see the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains and western rivers the way Lewis and Clark first observed them--majestic, pristine, uncharted, and awe-inspiring. We are in moccasins of Lewis and Clark as they witness other wonders no European-Americans had ever seen before: new creatures such as antelope, prairie dogs, and, most memorably, grizzly bears. Also included are the explorers' encounters with Native Americans, featuring the amazing reunion between Sacagawea and her brother, a Shoshone chief who secured the expedition's safe passage over the Continental Divide.

Landon Jones has selected the most memorable journal entries left behind by Lewis and Clark, and then edited and annotated them for all readers--those steeped in lore of the expedition, and newcomers to this unforgettable journey. From this raw material springs every book ever written about Lewis and Clark.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Although complete versions of the journals of Lewis and Clark are readily available, readers daunted by the task of wading through approximately one million words will welcome this condensed edition of their incredible journey. In order to concentrate on the "human drama" of the expedition, Jones has excised most of the celestial, navigational, and scientific data Thomas Jefferson requested Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to record. Instead, he offers excerpts that focus on the seminal junctures of the journey, including their reactions to the breathtaking physical majesty of the West, their initial encounters with various Native American tribes, and their fascinating accounts of the physical and moral courage of their fellow travelers. Juxtaposing entries by the precise and poetic Lewis with the earthy and enthusiastic Clark, Jones has provided a vivid panorama of an epic undertaking. An essentially digestible slice of history. --Margaret Flanagan

Table of Contents

A Note On The Textp. ix
Introductionp. xi
The Corps of Discoveryp. xix
Volume 1 From River Dubois to Two-Thousand-Mile Creek (May 13, 1804-May 5, 1805)p. 1
Volume 2 From Two-Thousand-Mile Creek to Shoshoni Camp on Lemhi River (May 6, 1805-August 20, 1805)p. 42
Volume 3 From the Shoshoni Camp on Lemhi River to Fort Clatsop (August 21, 1805-January 9, 1806)p. 105
Volume 4 From Fort Clatsop to Musquetoe Creek (January 27, 1806-May 7, 1806)p. 140
Volume 5 From Musquetoe Creek to St. Louis (May 8, 1806-September 26, 1806)p. 154
Lewis's Short-cut to the Missouri, and Exploration of Maria's River (Lewis's Journal, July 3-August 12, 1806)p. 168
Clark's Exploration of the Yellowstonep. 181
Letter from Lewis to Jeffersonp. 198