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Death Valley in '49 (California Legacy)
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In the winter of 1849, William Lewis Manly, a pioneer immigrant to California, and his companions blundered into Death Valley as they turned south from the Rockies in search of a quicker route to the gold fields. The group was stranded, and Manly and another man set out on foot to find help. Fourteen harrowing days later they wandered into Mission San Fernando. They returned to Death Valley with supplies and brought their companions to safety.<P>Encouraged by his friends, Manly wrote his remarkable story, detailing the journey and rescue mission. It was first published in 1894 and has gone on to become a cornerstone of the history of western exploration. Lawrence Clark Powell, in his book California Classics, describes it as "a chronicle of death and disaster, survival and heroism, distinguished by narrative power, specific event, and precise observation."<P>Introduced by noted historian Patricia Limerick and freshly edited, indexed, and annotated in an unusually handsome edition, Death Valley in '49 is both an important book — central to our understanding of early California — and, with its compelling narrative, a joy to read.
Book News Annotation:
Based on Manley's writings during his trek from the Platte River to the California gold fields (shown in a map), this memoir documents the struggles of the pioneer credited with naming Death Valley. The Johnsons are veteran Death Valley buffs. Originally published by Pacific Tree and Vine Co., San Jose (where Manley settled).
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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