One for the Road: The River of Doubt


This new book by former National Geographic staff writer Candice Millard, peices together archival material
to tell the story of Teddy Roosevelt’s journey through Brazil with his son Kermit, who lived in South America at the
time. They embarked on this trip in 1912, soon after Teddy’s defeat for a third term as president. In splendid detail,

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey
chronicles the disasterous events that turned an
adventurous holiday into a dangerous trek through the Amazon jungle. The father and son team were accompanied by other
explorers on their 400-mile expedition along an unknown river they called Rio da Duvida. The group, which included
Brazil’s most famous explorer, Candido Rondon, faced raging rapids, cannibal tribes, anacondas, piranhas, hunger and
disease. This series of setbacks has been weaved into an incredible travelogue that is essentially a tale of survival.
Here is an excerpt and interview with the
author.