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History of the Donner Party (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by Charles McGlashan, John Langellier
     
 

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History of the Donner Party takes you straight into the most terrifying tragedy of American western emigration. "More thrilling than romance, more terrible than fiction, the sufferings of the Donner Party form a bold contrast to the joys of pleasure-seekers who to-day look down upon the lake from the windows of silver palace cars," writes McGlashan.

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History of the Donner Party takes you straight into the most terrifying tragedy of American western emigration. "More thrilling than romance, more terrible than fiction, the sufferings of the Donner Party form a bold contrast to the joys of pleasure-seekers who to-day look down upon the lake from the windows of silver palace cars," writes McGlashan.

In 1846 the Donner Party emigrated across the American prairies toward California. A trip already fraught with adversity worsened when the decision to take Hastings Cutoff proved fatal. A snowstorm trapped close to ninety wagons in the Sierra Nevada, and those who survived divulged horrific stories.

About the Author:
Charles Fayette McGlashan, an educator, lawyer, newspaper editor, and teacher, is best known as the author of History of the Donner Party. His contribution to the research of this ill-fated journey through the Sierras extended beyond interviewing survivors; on April 21, 1879, he excavated the Breen and Graves-Reed cabin sites, which resulted in the many artifacts from the tragedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760752425
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
01/16/2004
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
539,059
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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The History Of The Donner Party 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
NonieCC More than 1 year ago
This is certainly not the first book I have read on this subject, but it is the best. An incredible, heart-pounding story.
LBower More than 1 year ago
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.
ww2blp More than 1 year ago
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.
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It is amazing!!!!!!!!!!
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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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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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