Author: Julie M. Fenster
Review by: Mandy Apgar
This was alright. Not bad, not very good, but somewhere in
between trapped in a limbo due to flipping between so many people and
not covering some adequately enough. (Think of an overloaded summer
movie blockbuster.) The idea is simple enough - Jefferson as President
sends out a motley troupe of not-always-the-most-stable explorers to map
and help settle the western areas he hoped to buy. Pike (as in "Peak")
is presented simply enough, Lewis and Clark as a total class of
contrasts - one somewhat stable and sound (eventually semi adopting the
son of Sacajawea, whom I thought got shafted in this) and the other an
eventual suicide, and a few others folks aren't as familiar with.
Together they presented Jefferson with some new ideas and attempted to
make sense of the vast land the United States was acquiring (with some
detail on the struggle in getting some of that land, Florida for
example, thrown in).