More for Lewis and Clark Fans

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Byline: The Register-Guard

Here are some other recent books about Lewis and Clark:

DEAR BROTHER

By James Holmberg (Yale University Press, $35)

Forty-five long-lost letters from William Clark to his brother, Jonathan Clark - they first surfaced in family holdings in 1989 - are finally published in an important edition that sheds new light on the famous explorer's concerns before, during and after the transcontinental expedition.

Here is firsthand information that was either sketchy in his famous diary or missing altogether (including his belief that Meriwether Lewis' death was a suicide).

A thoughtful, scene-setting essay and heavily annotated footnotes give the reader evidence that this volume was a careful historian's labor of love.

Not for the casual reader, but a boon to serious Lewis and Clark students.

FINDING THE WEST: EXPLORATIONS WITH LEWIS AND CLARK

By James Ronda (University of New Mexico Press, $22.95)

In wide-ranging and exceptionally provocative essays, an eminent historian dives beneath the expedition's well-washed surface to illuminate aspects others gloss over.

Through vivid prose and penetrating insights, he convincingly reveals what Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Thomas Jefferson were probably thinking at the time of their history-making project.

Downright gripping is his stunning, inside-the-skin revelation of Chinook Chief Coboway's response to the strangers hunkered down inside their log stockade at Fort Clatsop.

A must-read for any serious pilgrim on the trail of Lewis and Clark.

THE WAY TO THE WESTERN SEA

By David Lavender (University of Nebraska Press, $18.95)

A first-rate historian with a gift for turning dry facts into exciting prose provides a moving, suspenseful and detailed narration of the expedition's daily progress across the country and back. …