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Lewis and Clark: Partners in Discovery

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Lewis and Clark: Partners in Discovery

by John Bakeless


Quick Overview

First authoritative biography of two great explorers, based on original research and diaries of expedition members. Danger, hardships, Indian customs and lore, much more. 29 illus. 7 maps.


Published in 1947, this was the first full-length popular history of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. It's still one of the best. John Bakeless was not only a writer and academic, but also a veteran of both World War I and World War II, a skilled outdoorsman, and an intimate of American Indians (having been the only white student to ever attend the Carlisle Indian School, where his father was superintendent). Almost uniquely qualified to tell the story of Lewis & Clark, Bakeless produced an account that is lively, sympathetic, and easy to read and enjoy. He emphasizes some of the parts of the journey that others skip over, with a particular understanding of the hardships and frustrations of the trip and what a near thing the survival of the Corps of Discovery really was. On the downside, and somewhat inevitably, Bakeless's take on the Indians is dated to say the least. He often portrays the Indians as selfish, capricious, and, not to put too fine a point on it, savage. It's interesting to note that, unlike most historians, he actually knew lots of Indians on a personal basis. Nonetheless, his blunt characterizations may be a turnoff for some readers. That quibble aside, this book would make a great introduction to the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Size 0.99" H x 8.37" L x 5.36" W, 528 pages

Additional Information

ISBN 9780486292335
Author John Bakeless
Age Group 12+
Book Type paperback

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