Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

On the River with Lewis and Clark

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

On the River with Lewis and Clark

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On the River with Lewis and Clark, by Verne Huser. Texas A&M, April 2004. $40 cloth, $17.95 paper

On the River wilh Lewis and Clark arrives as welcome new insight in the flood of publishing that is cresting during the bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark expedition. In 45 years as a river guide, Verne Huser has canoed, rafted, rowed, poled, and sailed on many of the 9,000 river miles navigated by the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1803-6. Now he couples his personal experiences with studious attention to the journals of Lewis and Clark to place the reader in the boats-pulling against the current, dodging snags, running rapids, and rescuing the nonswimmers of the expedition (there were several!). Some of Huser's detailed descriptions of the structure and handling of keelboats, pirogues, and canoes may duplicate information available elsewhere in Lewis and Clark literature, but his intimate knowledge of boats and the ways of wind and water expands our understanding of exactly how the boat crews managed to proceed and survive. …

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