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Ordeal by Hunger; The Story of the Donner Party

Stewart, George R.

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ISBN 10: 0395611598 / ISBN 13: 9780395611593
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New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1988. Clean, tight 8vo, 392pp with minor shelf wear. The tragic story of the 1846 disaster of the Donner Party. A series ignorant decisions, wrong turns, bad equipment, and the worst winter in many years in the Sierra brought about the death of many of the party, but also their immortality in print. This is one of the better versions. Bookseller Inventory # 13210

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Title: Ordeal by Hunger; The Story of the Donner ...

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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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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.

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