Sample of READERS’ COMMENTS for SACAJAWEA

Waldo, in writing SACAJAWEA, is writing for a wider audience than just the critics and academics. Obviously Anna Lee Waldo has read everything available and even interviewed one of Clark’s descendent’s.  To condense this book into its present length was a task in itself, especially when the book is a study in achievement, and one which will become standard for all who follow.  --John L. Wolfe

 

Certainly Sacajawea knew and experienced all that life offers in both romance and realism.  Love, hate, beauty, brutality, joy, grief, frustration, fulfillment – all came with the years.  Few women crossed as many barriers and bridged them.  She knew the best and worst of two worlds and that neither was, is, or can be perfect.  Few writers have ever given us such a classic word-picture of such a woman. –Evelyn Oppenheimer

 

A work of uncompromising scholarship and brilliance.  It is one of the great books of this or any decade. –The Courier Gazette

 

I first read Sacajawea 15 years ago and it became my favorite book.  I’ve had the tattered paperback all this time and last week decided to reread it.  I read all 1400 pages in a week’s time and I still claim it in the top five favorite books.  Every woman should read this book.  –M. Henkle

 

An incredible piece of work! The only negative comment I can make regarding this book is that very few people seem to know of its existence. –J. Hogan

 

Be warned, this is a very large book – even in paperback!  When you receive it, you may be intimidated by it’s size, but don’t be.  This book is so interesting, it doesn’t seem long at all.  It’s an adventure, and you will feel as if you are along with Lewis, Clark, and Sacajawea on their explorations.  With the new dollar coin coming soon featuring Sacajawea, more people will be curious to know about Sacajawea.  This is the book to read. –Dar, a former bookstore veteran from Atlanta, GA.

 

I was completely enthralled with this book during the month it took me to read it and now that I have finished it, I feel like I am saying good-bye to a true and valued friend.  Waldo has created a scholarly masterpiece that deserves to be read by future generation, not just by North Americans seeking to learn more about their countries, but by people all over the world.  Sacagawea’s story of perseverance, hope and belief in herself are an inspiration for everyone.  Although the book covers all of what is known about Sacagawea’s life, there appears to be some question as to when and where exactly she died.  Waldo presents the known facts and lets the reader decide for him/herself.  The book contains hundreds of interesting footnotes as well as a detailed biography.  My only problem with the book was the cover which makes it look like an historical romance which it is decidedly not (although it does contain love and romance and joy as well as sorrow and pain).  I am grateful to find this wonderful book, why isn’t this book better known? –Rissa

 

As an educator I recommend this book to anyone who avoids historical books because they’re too dull.  You won’t want to put this one down. –Cyd L.V.

 

This is historically accurate, interesting and very entertaining book about both Sacagawea and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  The author has clearly done her homework, the book has at least a thousand references to first and secondary historical materials including hundreds of references to journals, reports and letters written by members of the Expedition themselves.  This is a magnificent book. –Allison Rose


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