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Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen Ambrose
History can be uncomfortable. History can be exciting. History can be inspiring. The same can be said of both one’s personal history and the history of a nation. Yet, we know that who we are both individually and collectively as a nation is because of the good, the bad, and the horrible. This is not an easy book, as there are aspects regarding slavery and the American treatment of Native Americans that are at times very difficult to read. The writer does not shy away, and indeed he is conscious of the conflict between mores and morality now and the mores and morality then. However, the bulk really is a testament about how much we humans really can endure—in so much we have a hardy sense of courage and endurance. It will inspire you to not be such a baby.