History of the Donner Party: A Tragedy of the Sierras

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Of all the westward expeditions in American history, the ill-fated Donner Party's ranks among the most notorious. The band of California-bound pioneers set out in the spring of 1846 with high hopes that were ultimately dashed by the brutal realities of unfamiliar territory and unforgiving weather. The party's decision to take an untried shortcut sealed their doom, leaving them stranded in the frigid Sierras, where inadequate shelter and a rapidly dwindling food supply ended ...
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History of the Donner Party: A Tragedy of the Sierras

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Of all the westward expeditions in American history, the ill-fated Donner Party's ranks among the most notorious. The band of California-bound pioneers set out in the spring of 1846 with high hopes that were ultimately dashed by the brutal realities of unfamiliar territory and unforgiving weather. The party's decision to take an untried shortcut sealed their doom, leaving them stranded in the frigid Sierras, where inadequate shelter and a rapidly dwindling food supply ended their quest in starvation, cannibalism, and death.
Newspaperman Charles F. McGlashan, who interviewed survivors and studied the diaries of Donner Party members, declared their story "more thrilling than romance, more terrible than fiction." Published in 1880, McGlashan's was the first reputable report of the unimaginable ordeal. More than a century after its debut, his account continues to shed light on the dark saga, revealing not only a stark tale of desperation but also inspiring acts of heroism. This valuable history will captivate anyone with an interest in exploration, adventure, and American history.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780486479033
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 2/20/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 427,182
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

    Thorough, touching, chilling................

    This is certainly not the first book I have read on this subject, but it is the best. An incredible, heart-pounding story.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    The Donner Party

    This book will grab you from the start and you will not be able to put it down. Charles F. McGlashan researched the information and actually spoke to survivors and received letters from them. No one can tell the story as well as those who were actually there and the author takes their experiances and turns them into a gripping story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

    Captivating!

    I'm about 3/4 of the way through the book and think about it all day at work. I can't wait to get home and read more. It's amazing what the human body can endure, and the remarkable strength and courage of these individuals.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2015

    very interesting//recommend for a good read if you enjoy history

    facts i never knew before but i have only truly become interested in history recently

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    I love this book

    It is amazing!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Excellent - a must read

    I'm a bit of a history buff so this book immediately caught my eye. How have I never heard this story? Excellent read. I was fascinated with every detail and couldn't put it down. Even after I finished reading it, I couldn't stop thinking about the people involved. How did the survivors go on to lead normal lives? It is amazing what we take for granted in our overly indulged lives. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    ???

    Is this scary? My teacher says "You should read it if you like tradity.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Tragic, Gripping

    Once I picked this book up and started to read, I couldn't put it down. Amazing, brave, and gallant settlers. The horrors-one after another plagued this group. Even though this was written long, long ago, it is an amazing and interesting historical account of what it was like in the days of cowboys, indians, and the desire to discover the new territory of the California west. I gave me a renewed interest in history that I thought I left behind in my high school years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    If you like history, this is a great read.

    This was written about 30years after the fact, the author having interviewed survivors. There's nothing made up so you get the true sense of what happened. A very sad tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2003

    loved it!

    This book is so good! I not only read it 1 time, I read it twice. I continue to read it, and have since bought many books on the Donner Party.

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