Lewis and Clark began their voyage near St. Louis in May of 1804, ascending the Missouri River. Two years and 8,000 miles later they returned. This was the most famous exploration of the American interior ever - and the thoroughness of the journals, especially woven together, lets us to live this adventure as it happened. All previous versions of the Lewis and Clark journals focus almost entirely on the notes of just the two principals. This book is a narrative constructed from the surviving journals of all of the members the Lewis and Clark expedition. Not only is this a more complete story of the famous expedition, it has also been edited and standardized to be the most easily readable version. The journals in their original form, while of unquestionable historic value and written in the colorful language of their time, make for slow, burdensome and sometimes confusing reading. This version clarifies the text, while completely maintaining the "voices" of the narrators. Never before have all of the journals been brought together in one narrative, or made so accessible. This judicious and expert editing helps us all appreciate the accomplishment of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Book jacket.