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Ordeal by Hunger

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Publisher Comments:

Hope. Hardship. Cannibalism. Incorporating the diaries of the Donner party survivors and other contemporary documents, Stewart wrote the definitive history of that ill-fated band of pioneers, an astonishing account of what human beings may endure and achieve in the final press of circumstance. "Excellent".--New York Times.

Book News Annotation:

Reprint of the 1988 edition (which carries a supplement and three accounts by survivors). No new material (in spite of the desperate need for a large scale map of Donner Lake & environs).
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The tragedy of the Donner party constitutes one of the most amazing stories of the American West. In 1846 eighty-seven people — men, women, and children — set out for California, persuaded to attempt a new overland route. After struggling across the desert, losing many oxen, and nearly dying of thirst, they reached the very summit of the Sierras, only to be trapped by blinding snow and bitter storms. Many perished; some survived by resorting to cannibalism; all were subjected to unbearable suffering. Incorporating the diaries of the survivors and other contemporary documents, George Stewart wrote the definitive history of that ill-fated band of pioneers; an astonishing account of what human beings may endure and achieve in the final press of circumstance.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 369-373) and index.

About the Author

George R. Stewart (1895-1980) taught for more than fifty years at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Pickett's Charge, Earth Abides, and numerous other books of history, biography, and fiction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780395611593
Author:
Stewart, George Rippey
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Stewart, George R.
Author:
Stewart, George Rippey
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
State
Subject:
Donner party
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Americana-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
January 1992
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.27x5.54x1.11 in. 1.04 lbs.

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The tragedy of the Donner party constitutes one of the most amazing stories of the American West. In 1846 eighty-seven people — men, women, and children — set out for California, persuaded to attempt a new overland route. After struggling across the desert, losing many oxen, and nearly dying of thirst, they reached the very summit of the Sierras, only to be trapped by blinding snow and bitter storms. Many perished; some survived by resorting to cannibalism; all were subjected to unbearable suffering. Incorporating the diaries of the survivors and other contemporary documents, George Stewart wrote the definitive history of that ill-fated band of pioneers; an astonishing account of what human beings may endure and achieve in the final press of circumstance.
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