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Lewis and Clark For Dummies Paperback – September 26, 2003

ISBN-13: 078-5555862951 ISBN-10: 076452545X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076452545X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764525452
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,552,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

"A great book that honors American Indian tribes and the historic trail."
Gerard Baker, Superintendent of the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail and member, Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold

Features maps, travel tips, and archival drawings

Retrace Lewis and Clark’s steps and celebrate the expedition's 200th anniversary

Want to know more about this famous adventure? Join Lewis and Clark as they recruit the Corps of Discovery, meet Sacagawea and various Indian tribes, and set off along the Missouri River on a thrilling, perilous journey. You’ll discover who all the players were, why the expedition happened, and the political and cultural ramifications.

"These knowledgeable authors have created a thorough, accurate, and lively introduction to history’s great "road buddies" story – from the grand plan to the diverse cast of characters. Plus, they offer a fresh look at the cooperative Native Americans who helped the expedition."
—James Alexander Thom, author of From Sea to Shining Sea and Sign Talker: The Adventures of George Drouillard on the Lewis and Clark Expedition

About the Author

Sammye J. Meadows is the coordinator for the Circle of Tribal Advisors for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.

Jana Sawyer Prewitt is a former director of external affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior.


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Historian
While Ambrose added enough political correctness to his book to satisfy even his University colleagues, at least he had studied and understood the original Journals.
An Idaho history buff
If you want a very liberal and negative view of Lewis and Clark's journey then this is your book.
Ira E. Copple

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ira E. Copple on October 23, 2006
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When I bought this book I was looking for a book to fill in the blanks while reading Lewis and Clark's journals. Where they went, what's there today, what happened afterwards, etc. This book is that. But to get this information you have to read one of the most scathing biased views of the journy that exists. This book is a commentary where the authors push their opinion that Lewis and Clark where a pair of arrogant (their words)and bumbling idiots. If you are looking for an un-biased history - don't waste your time with this book. If you want a very liberal and negative view of Lewis and Clark's journey then this is your book. You are not left to view the facts and make your own opinion, the authors make it for you. Over and over again. I actually felt like throwing the book accross the room a couple of times. (one example is they terrorized and frightened a prarie dog by capturing it and sending it back to the President Jefferson) Very seldom is anything positive even written about the pair and their disdain for Lewis is apparant. To be fair the book does a good job of locating events, people, and places where things happened. Just expect a scathing review of one of the greatest events in american history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Langlois on October 2, 2008
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Absolutely pathetic diatribe of salivating political correctness over truth. As a history teacher specializing in the US prior to 1877, I thought that this might be a good resource for 8th grade US history students. I was miserably mistaken after having read only 30 pages of this drivel. The two women propagandists show absolutely no regard or knowledge of the mores of the early 1800s. Without going into detail, the below reviewers had already stated what the book is full of in vast detail. Please read their reviews. I highly recommend avoiding this book as anyone with an iota of knowledge about early America or American Indians in the early 1800s will find these distortions and disingenuous nature highly offensive.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2004
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Having read a number of books about Lewis and Clark and their amazing expedition including "Undaunted Courage" by Stephen Ambrose I was amused to find this book for dummies at the book store. It seems that there is a dummies book for everything, but I never expected one on Lewis and Clark. I purchased the book, took it home with me, and started reading. It is really interesting and enjoyable; an easy, fun read. I have gleamed additional tibbits of information about them, others in the Corps of Discovery, Indians, geography, etc., that I did not know. This book would serve as a very book starting point for anyone interested in the early history of our country as well as Lewis and Clark Expedition aficionados. I gave this book five stars and a special thanks to the publishers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Historian on November 13, 2005
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Another PC treatise which makes no effort to disguise its PC agenda. Unless the reader already has a fairly well-developed BS detector it may be more difficult to divine the truth than it was was for the explorers to locate the Pacific ocean. Like all books of this ilk there are the little icons which can be helpful. Perhaps a good editor could employ a little outhouse to warn the reader of these frequest, distracting and irritating diatribes. However if you can smell, uh, spot them and enjoy the simplicity of these style of books it may be worth your while to persevere. I'm frankly disappointed and will be looking for another single volume to recommend in the future.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scout on July 26, 2004
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This book is written with an obvious anti Lewis & Clark bias. These men are consistantly criticised for being arrogrant, guilty of making snap judgements, and for being incompetent. However, the Native Americans can do no wrong. Any questionable activity is either ignored or justified because it is a native cultural practice and apparently then something beyond question.This same consideration is not bestowed upon the men of the expedition.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J Hox on January 1, 2005
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This was an interesting read. The authors were obviously not fans of the Corps of Discovery. The Corps seemed to bumble their way to the pacific, wreaking havoc to the environment and the Native population. They were even criticized for NOT having sex with the wife of a tribal leader.Jeez! This book is the far,far,left view of the event.
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OK for reference. Don't think the authors liked L & C very much. At least they didn't approve of their 18th Century values.
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