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The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

More than Meets the Eye

It has been years since I have found a book that I literally could not pull myself away from. This is it!
Daniel James Brown is a gifted author who obviously spent a great deal of time researching not only the Donner Party, but countless other aspects of American life...
It has been years since I have found a book that I literally could not pull myself away from. This is it!
Daniel James Brown is a gifted author who obviously spent a great deal of time researching not only the Donner Party, but countless other aspects of American life in the mid-1800's, even going so far as to physically re-trace the steps of these courageous pioneers when current weather conditions concurred with those they had endured on their 2000-mile trek to a new life in little-known California.
Brown uses, and completely notates, numerous resources to substantiate his historical documentations and uses modern-day forensics and science to bring this tragic story to life.
The contents of this book will stay with you as you meet its characters, who Brown transforms from vague names in an American History textbook to real-life families, neighbors, people you might have known in 1846.

posted by 273029 on February 26, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Really like 'this Dan Brown'

Would never have read a story about the Donner Party, but I like the author. Was not disapppointed. Really enjoy this "other Dan Brown"; he has a nice way with words, does his research, and puts thing in perspective. Loved "The Boys in the Boat"; glad I bought this on...
Would never have read a story about the Donner Party, but I like the author. Was not disapppointed. Really enjoy this "other Dan Brown"; he has a nice way with words, does his research, and puts thing in perspective. Loved "The Boys in the Boat"; glad I bought this one too.

posted by 16900171 on March 23, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Harrowing

    Indifferent Stars is a riveting account of the limits to which human endurance can be pushed. To anyone who has ever heard tales of tehe Donner party or who thinks they have reached the breaking point it is a must read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2010

    Very interesting and well researched story

    This is definitely the most indepth and well researched story about the Donner party. He takes you, via the story and his travels to the places that the party traveled and gives you an insight into the lives of the travelers before their journey started and how they lived out the remainder of their lives.
    Good story and definitely worth reading.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Excellent!

    Not a lover of non-fiction, but this is impossible to put down.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Excellent book!

    Most of us who have traveled to the West are familiar with Donner Pass. This book is an eye opener and a must read for anyone to understand the history of the development of the West.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Very interesting

    I very much enjoyed this book. There were so many characters that I often forgot who was who but there were a lot of people in the Donner party so that couldn't be helped. Tragic but interesting story.

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

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    Great insight into a very real and sad story. 

    Great insight into a very real and sad story. 

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