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Lewis and Clark on the Trail of Discovery: An Interactive History with Removable Artifacts (Museum in a Book) Hardcover – June 18, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Museum in a Book
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (June 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401600751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401600754
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 12 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The most distinctive features of this coffee-table "Museum in a Book" are the lavish illustrations and accouterments. Color paintings depict tableaux from watershed moments in the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the author attaches many removable facsimile reproductions of original documents associated with it. Copied on faux tattered parchment, these include journal entries and letters by Lewis and Clark, an encryption scheme devised by Jefferson, inventories and payrolls, hand-drawn maps, sketches of wildlife and a drawing of an Indian head-flattening device. These intriguing items are accompanied by a slender, boosterish narrative. Historian Gragg, author of Confederate Goliath: The Battle for Fort Fisher, salutes the leadership skills of Lewis and Clark, extols the scenery, nods respectfully to the Indian cultures along the way, plays up the contributions of Sacagawea and generally applauds the "epic journey" that "forged a nation" and "altered the course of history." But the Expedition was a long, arduous slog: one member died of a ruptured appendix; there was a fight with a small party of Indians, resulting in two Indian casualties, and some run-ins with grizzlies unhappy about being shot at; and Lewis was shot in the leg by a companion who mistook him for an elk. Gragg's treatment falls short of a nation-building adventure saga, but the interesting documentary "artifacts" lend a period authenticity that may captivate history buffs-especially younger ones.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Rod Gragg is an historian, journalist, and author. Among his published works are Covered with Glory: The 26th North Carolina Infantry at Gettysburg (for which he won the first Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. Prize for Confederate History), Confederate Goliath: The Battle of Fort Fisher (for which he won the Fletcher Pratt Award from the New York City Civil War Round Table as the best Civil War book of the year), and A Commitment to Valor. He has also been awarded the Douglas Southall Freeman Award for history. His books have been selected for Book-of-the-Month clubs, the History Book Club, and the Military History Book Club

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This is a very fun book to read.
D. Duelm
Great ineractive book, with several maps, letters, etc that can be removed and read and studied separate of the actual book pages.
farmgalsab
This is an interactive book and helpful in understanding the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Shan on February 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book makes the journey of L&C come alive! If you are wanting all the nitty-gritty details, then you still want to read Undaunted Courage, but this book covers everything nicely and has the added dimension of pockets, maps, etc to explore. Each time I read through the book I find something new to open or pull out, etc. It is a great resource for teachers and other educators. It will really engage students of all ages! With younger kids, you'd have to make sure all the extras got put back into their place, but that would be the only caution I'd have. Excellent, excellent book!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Keeping history in perspective is important.What is 200 years?I am creeping on to 70 and my father was born in 1891.So,it was only 85 years before my father was born that Lewis and Clark completed their journey.Another way to look at it is that Clark died in 1866 only 25 years before my father's birth.Not really all that long ago,when you think of all that has happened in that short time.

This is a very unique book,only 48 pages;but a real excellent effort.Scattered throughout the book are over a dozen packets containing authentic looking reproductions of maps,letters and other documents that were prepared along the trip.It's almost like handling museum documents.Also included are many excellent paintings of scenes along the journey as well as sketches,maps and photographs of important items used.The paper,printing and overall construction of the book is superior in every way.At the back of the book there is a wealth of source material covering,acknowledgements,credits,notes and transcriptions.

All in all,a first class book on the Lewis and Clark Journey that shaped America.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful source of material and has been most beneficial as a teaching tool for my middle school students as we study the Lewis and Clark journey to explore the Louisiana Purchase.
The pull outs are excellent and help students to really connect with Lewis and Clark as "real" people.
A wonderful addition to any educator's collection!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book Princess on September 15, 2005
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I purchased this book for my daughter after we visited Fort Clatsop, Oregon where The Lewis and Clark Expedition settled for the winter. My daughter is ten years old and absolutely loves the interative features of the book, such as the replicas of the maps and journal entries from the expedition. The book was such a hit for my daughter's birthday that my parent's ordered the book and a little girl at the party ordered one also.

The replica maps and writings are a little hard to read as the writing 100 years ago has evolved to what we have now. But helping your child interpret these readings makes this book a true family book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Duelm on January 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a very fun book to read. It has many pockets that contain maps, receipts, and letters that look and feel like the real artifacts. One gets the feeling of history looking through these things. It is appropriate for young people, and adults. It is not a book to read though for the "details" however. I highly recommend this book to school libraries or young people with an interest in Lewis and Clark history. For details of the expedition look at Undaunted Courage, and/or Moulton's book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian B. Foutz on February 13, 2012
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This is awesome for putting the Corps of Adventure right into kids' hands. Getting to look at the primary source reproductions here is an amazing experience for them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By farmgalsab on February 9, 2012
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Great ineractive book, with several maps, letters, etc that can be removed and read and studied separate of the actual book pages. As a researcher, with an interest in Lewis & Clark, I found this book to be a very good addition to my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By spruce tree on June 10, 2011
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This account of Lewis and Clark's journey across our new frontier is a delight. There are exact replicas of letters to Lewis's mother, a code between Pres Jefferson and Lewis, replicas of tattered maps, journal segments,which the reader can actually handle! It is a "museum in a book," as the cover states. I would give this 10 STARS! (A former school teacher!) JULIE GIESSLER
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