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Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

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    Recommended above any other book about the Donner Party

    I have read several books why researching events surrounding the Donner Party saga and this one is the best by far. Extremely well written and will keep your interest throughout.

    This is not a casual book that you will knock out in an evening because it contains so much valuable information and demands your attention. The characters will become more than acquaintances, they will become family. Bravo to the author!

    Get this book. You will not be sorry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

    Highly recommended!

    I've read a lot about the Donner Party and this is the definitive book on their journey. I especially liked the 'realistic' comparisons as to what these folk went through. Brougt it all home to a reader of this century. Every American should read this book.
    DebraE

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    AWESOME!

    This is a great all around book! Wonderfully written with accounts of those who traveled the trail, great book for anyone wanting to learn the truth about the Donner Party and life on the California Trail! Great Book!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    After reading several Donner Party books, this is the best so far. Sticks as close to the known facts as possible relying on every source available. Wonderful reading non-fiction for American history buffs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    WELL DONE

    This book starts off slowly, just as the wagon party forms and begins its journey from Independence, Mo. Rarick takes the reader through the prairie as the Donner Party endures the heat, the loss of livestock, the deaths along the way. Once the party became stuck in the Sierra Nevada mountains during the coldest winter on record, the many deaths occurred one after another, leaving many of the families with just one or two members alive.
    This is a well-researched book that has the advantage over older versions of this tragedy because of recent testings of bones found at the campsite. Rarick also goes beyond the events that made the party famous and gives accounts of what happened to the survivors years and even decades after.

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  • Posted December 15, 2009

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    The Donner Party Tragedy

    I've learned very little about the Donner Party through out my school years. In fact all I knew about it was that they were a large wagon party that split somewhere in the Midwest and the half that went more the southern straight route were struck by cannibalism. Most people when hearing about the Donner Party and the fate that struck them think the most barbarious things that usually are involved with cannibalism. I never thought like that because I had a clear memory of what little it was that I learned about that party and its fate in school. Rarick does a great job, in so many ways, disecting cannibalism through out human history and how and why it grasped the hold of the Donner Party, or likely why they fell to such a fate, how the human psychology deals with it as it did with the survivors of the Donner Party. I highly recommand this book to all those who love U.S. History (and who have strong stomachs) to read this book.

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