The Character of Meriwether Lewis

The Character of Meriwether Lewis

Explorer in the Wilderness : Essays on One of the Most Remarkable Men in American History

Paperback - 2011
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This bold new study of the character of Meriwether Lewis attempts to make sense of one of the most fascinating and perplexing heroes of American history. Clay Jenkinson's Lewis is not a cheerful explorer in buckskins, but a complex, tightly-wound, ambitious and self-conscious man who led one of the great adventures in American history, but had severe re-entry problems and never wrote the book that would have served as the capstone of his explorations.
Publisher: Washburn, N.D. : Dakota Institute Press of the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation ; [Norman, Okla.] : Distributed by The University of Oklahoma Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9780982559734
Characteristics: xxxiv, 456 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm.


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Apr 06, 2015

This is a must read for all historians of the American west

Jun 21, 2013

This is not a book about the Lewis & Clark Expedition per se. It is a series of essays about the inner workings or nonworkings of Meriwether Lewis, who most likely committed suicide in his 30's. However, because the expedition is such a great part of his life, it would behoove the reader to read about the expedition in another work first, because the author assumes that the reader has done so. I love Clay Jenkinson's living history series, but this book required a lot more editing. Very repetitive, it could have been shortened considerably. That said, the book gives a clear portrait of the Lewis in contrast with his much more grounded partner, Clark.


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