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by George R. Stewart

  • ISBN: 0395611598
  • Category: History
  • Author: George R. Stewart
  • Subcategory: Americas
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; Reissue edition (January 30, 1992)
  • Pages: 392 pages
  • FB2 size: 1800 kb
  • EPUB size: 1731 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
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George Stewart's history of the Donner tragedy was a wonderful book when it was first published in 1936.

George Stewart's history of the Donner tragedy was a wonderful book when it was first published in 1936. The book is a compilation of the diaries of the Donner Party .

Ordeal by Hunger book. 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 The tragedy of the Donner party constitutes one of the most amazing stories of the American West.

THE misadventure of the Donner Party constitutes one of the most amazing stories of that land of amazing stories, the American West

THE misadventure of the Donner Party constitutes one of the most amazing stories of that land of amazing stories, the American West. It is worthy of record as a historical document upon what human beings may achieve, endure, and perpetrate, in the final press of circumstance.

Stewart, George Rippey, 1895-1980. New York, Pocket Books. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana.

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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

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.

George Rippey Stewart. Stewart's books about . Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party (1936; rpt. 1992). ISBN 978-0-395-61159-3. highways were based on his cross-country drives of 1924, 1949 and 1950. 1895-05-31)May 31, 1895. In 1846, eighty-seven people-men, women, and children-set out for California and were persuaded to attempt a new overland route. Riggenbach's professional, unvoiced presentation provides the appropriately serious reactions and allows the listener to deal with the facts with compassion. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

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.
Reviews about Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party (7):
Mot
Book arrived well packaged in very good condition (as advertised). Started reading; got through chapter 4 during the first weekend of owning the book; very captivating; so much so I blew off watching Super Bowl. Can't wait to finish this book. Very well written. With most books, I fall asleep after reading a couple of pages; not with this one. It grips you by the throat and doesn't let go. The author, George Stewart, just explains everything in such detail so as to make you feel you have traveled back in time and are experiencing the trip in person. No matter how much you think you know about the Donner party, you will learn even more by reading this book. I wished I'd read this book during the 13 years I lived in Sacramento, CA. I would have toured Sutter's Fort and the Donner memorials. Too bad this author didn't write some of my college text books; I would have gotten better grades... ;-)
Helo
This is a wonderfully-told narrative of a tragic point in American history. The author does a fantastic job of knitting together all of the different accounts, timelines, and journals into one cohesive story. If you have any interest at all in The Donner Party, I strongly recommend this book. The only unfortunate thing is the author's treatment of Native Americans. I suppose one has to read the book knowing it was first written in the 1930's. If you are able to get around that, it's a must-read.
Yahm
George Stewart's history of the Donner tragedy was a wonderful book when it was first published in 1936. This 1960 edition was supplemented with the accounts of three survivors and a new preface. Stewart pointed out some errors--not terribly important--in his original account. He was a forceful and captivating writer who also cared a lot about the accuracy of the history he wrote.
interactive man
Definitive account of this historic tragedy. Not for the squeamish.

Some reviewers on other sites have complained about typographic errors and misspellings in their editions of this book. Please know that the e-book was digitized from print, and a FEW letters copied wrong at the beginning or middle of some words during that process. Not a big deal. The other "misspellings" mentioned by some readers are in verbatim copies of letters and diary entries written by Donner Party survivors; most people were not highly educated in those days and tended to write words as they heard or spoke them. So... please ignore the nitpickers, and give this worthy book a read.
Dorizius
Gives you complete insight to the trials and tribulations of the Donner Party while being trapped by winter and snow at Donner Pass. The book is a compilation of the diaries of the Donner Party. The second edition clarifies and pulls together the various diaries...THIS IS MY THIRD TIME TO READ (listen) to this book... I get a different insight each time...
Vital Beast
I've read this book twice and recommended to every book lover and history lover I know! Forget everything you thought you knew about the Donner Party. This tells the REAL story about what happened. First written in 1936 using first hand accounts of the survivors as well as diaries left behind by those who were not as fortunate. I always thought it was just an unfortunate situation with a blizzard....but through this book I learned that it was a series of bad choices, some not their fault. This book really humanized the story, by introducing us to the entire party, young families, describing their size, their character, and the lifestyles they left behind to embark on this amazing journey...having NO IDEA what was to come. The story is heartbreaking. The writing itself is an old style and can be somewhat difficult to read. I found that in the first chapters when he is making introductions, I made a chart of the 'cast of character' which helped me later on keep them all straight. I wished that the maps were better, but I am the type that likes to research along with a book, so it was easy to google 'Donner Party Route Map' and find a good map to use a an aid' the second time I read it. It certainly didn't take away from reading it the first time. I truly cannot say enough about this book. I am thankful to George R. Stewart for telling this important story for all of us who can easily hop on a plane, jump in a car, or catch a train or bus to go seek a new life.

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