From the New York Times bestselling creator of Band of Brothers and D-Day, the definitive e-book on Lewis and Clark’s exploration of the Louisiana Acquire, probably the most momentous day trip in American historical past and one of the crucial nice journey tales of all time.

In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson decided on his non-public secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to guide a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and again. Lewis and his spouse, Captain William Clark, made the primary map of the trans-Mississippi West, supplied priceless clinical information on the natural world of the Louisiana Acquire territory, and based the American declare to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

Ambrose has pieced in combination prior to now unknown details about climate, terrain, and clinical wisdom on the time to offer a vibrant backdrop for the day trip. Lewis is supported by way of a wealthy number of colourful characters, to begin with Jefferson himself, whose passion in exploring and obtaining the American West went again thirty years. Subsequent comes Clark, a rugged frontiersman whose love for Lewis matched Jefferson’s. There are a large number of Indian chiefs, and Sacagawea, the Indian woman who observed the day trip, in conjunction with the French-Indian hunter Drouillard, the good naturalists of Philadelphia, the French and Spanish fur investors of St. Louis, John Quincy Adams, and lots of extra major political, clinical, and armed forces figures of the flip of the century.

High journey, prime politics, suspense, drama, and international relations mix with prime romance and private tragedy to make this remarkable paintings of scholarship as readable as a singular.