Book Group

Monday, January 7th, 5:30pm

The River of Doubt is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world.  Indians with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows, piranhas glide through its waters, and boulder strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.
After his election defeat in 1912, Theodore Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids chocked tributary of the Amazon.  With his son Kermit and Brazil’s famous explorer, Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it.
Roosevelt and his men faced unbelievable hardships:  losing their canoes and supplies in punishing white water rapids, enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their ranks.  The River of Doubt, by Candice Millard brings alive these extraordinary events surrounding Theodore Roosevelt  and shows how he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.