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Lewis and Clark
Blazing a Trail Through the American WestMichael Kerrigan
Includes excerpts from the original expedition journals, specially commissioned photography and maps.
Commissioned for the Bicentennial celebrations, this highly illustrated volume is a fascinating account of the remarkable expedition that opened the American West to future settlement. Michael Kerrigan follows the entire trail and selects a lively sequence of firsthand expedition journal extracts that bring to life the experience of traversing through rugged and hazardous uncharted territory. Expedition members were amazed by the beauty of the wilderness, fascinated by the peoples of the Great Plains, subdued by the daunting rapids and brutal weather conditions, but above all, they were courageous. Full-colour photographs, maps, documents and artefacts accompany the text, along with a host of informative context features.
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'Michael Kerrigan provides a fascinating historical and cultural frame and accompanying material on the main narrative as it unfolds, but for the most part lets Lewis and Clark speak for themselves. Profoundly moving: an extraordinary sense of history being made; and a striking sens of the sheer majesty of nature. Richly illustrated.' - Sean Murphy, The Scotsman