Title: The Suppressed History of America: The Murder of Meriwether Lewis and the Mysterious Discoveries of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Author(s): Xavian Haze and Paul Schrag
Published 2011 by Bear & Company
ISBN: 1591431220
ISBN-13: 978-1591431220
Paperback, 160 pages
List: $15.00
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Reviewer: Mike Gleason

The subtitle of this volume "The Murder of Meriwetherr Lewis and the Mysterious Discoveries of the Lewis and Clark Expedition" perhaps sets up a false expectation in the minds of potential readers. The primary focus of the authors is on those unanswered questions which were raised by the encounters of the Corps of Discovery with Native American tribes, which ranged from how the Appaloosa breed of horse was able to be developed in the extremely short period of time between the alleged arrival of horses with the Spaniards and the journey of the Corps to who built the mounds in the Midwest and their purpose.

The record of this monumental journey, as it is taught in American schools of today, is one composed of conjecture in the main, since massive numbers of journal entries (not to mention entire journals) have gone missing. Even with the missing accounts, some things stand out. Lewis and Clark noted the appearance of tribes exhibiting "white" characteristics (hair and eye color among other things), similarities between some Native words and those appearing in European languages, and stories which paralleled Biblical accounts of everything from the appearance of giants among humans as well as the Deluge.

It is possible, of course, that the loss of so much material was due to simple misfortune. Writings were sent over vast distances, through wildernesses little (or un-) explored prior to their journey. It is also possible that a conspiracy existed to restrict such information from making its way to the centers of power. There were rumors of the existence of vast quantities of mineral wealth (not just gold, but copper and lead as well), which would have given certain people an incentive to hold that information in private hands.

It isn't until the tenth chapter that the actual death of Meriwether Lewis is addressed, and even there a lack of solid evidence is noted from the very moment of his death. Did he by means of an assassination, simple robbery gone wrong or, as was alleged at the time, by his own hand because of depression and/or alcoholism? We will, most likely never know. The accounts of his death (all at second or third hand) are suspect for a number of reasons; access to his remains (in spite of requests by his descendants) have been consistently denied; and the "experts" have rendered their opinions.

Attempts made to follow up on many of the anomalies noted by the expedition have been routinely denigrated by those is positions of authority because those doing the field work don't have the "proper" training and credentials; as if only properly trained individuals can make discoveries (tell that to the Bedouin youth who discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls) or are able to determine if something is authentic.

If you are a dyed-in-the-wool conspiracy theorist, this book does not go far enough in its investigations and allegations. If you are a dyed-in-the-wool conventionalist, it is simple wild speculation with no solid evidence to back it up. If, on the other hand, you are willing to consider alternative explanations and occasionally far- ranging theories, this book may well inspire you to do more reading. Whichever side of that fence you are on, this book is an enjoyable way to spend some time.

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