BOOKS: PROFILES IN COURAGE

UNDAUNTED, HISTORIAN STEPHEN AMBROSE TURNS FROM LEWIS AND CLARK TO WILLIE AND JOE

Like the U.S. Cavalry in the last reel, Stephen Ambrose arrives just in time to rescue American history from total deconstruction by ethnocentrists, genderists and soreheads of the left and right.

The bugle sounded last year with Ambrose's Undaunted Courage, a retelling of the Lewis and Clark expedition that made skillful use of the explorers' journals. That best seller rekindled appreciation for an achievement as remarkable in 1807 as the first manned moon landing was in 1969. And in case it has gone unnoticed, the journey was an undertaking by an ethnically and racially mixed group.

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