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History of the Donner Party: A Tragedy of the Sierras
     

History of the Donner Party: A Tragedy of the Sierras

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by Charles F. McGlashan
 

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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,

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486479033
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
02/20/2013
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
877,839
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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The History Of The Donner Party 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 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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