Unknown Travels & Dubious Pursuits of William Clark

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In 1798 -- more than five years before he led the epic western journey that would make him and Meriwether Lewis national heroes -- William Clark set off by flatboat from his Louisville, Kentucky home with a cargo of tobacco and furs to sell downriver in Spanish New Orleans.  He also carried with him a leather-trimmed journal used to record notes about his exploits.  In The Unknown Travels and Dubious Pursuits of William Clark, a new book by author Jo Ann Trogdon, she reveals William Clark's highly questionable activities during the yeas before his famous journey west of the Mississippi.  Join us as Ms. Trogdon sheds new light on the complex life of one of our country's most intriguing icons.