We know these early pioneers as the Donner Party, a name that has elicited horror since the late 1840s. With the best land under heaven, wallis has penned what critics agree is “destined to become the standard account” Washington Post of the notorious saga. Interweaving information from hundreds of newly uncovered documents, Wallis illuminates how a combination of greed and recklessness led to one of America’s most calamitous and sensationalized catastrophes.
The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny #ad - Cutting through 160 years of myth-making, the “expert storyteller” True West compellingly recounts how the unlikely band of early pioneers met their fate. Longlisted for the andrew carnegie medal for excellenceFinalist for the Oklahoma Book AwardA Publishers Weekly Holiday Guide History Pick“A book so gripping it can scarcely be put down.
Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey WestOxford University Press #ad - In late october 1846, the last wagon train of that year's westward migration stopped overnight before resuming its arduous climb over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, unaware that a fearsome storm was gathering force. But until now, the full story of what happened, what it tells us about human nature and about America's westward expansion, remained shrouded in myth.
Drawing on fresh archaeological evidence, ethan rarick offers an intimate portrait of the donner party and their unimaginable ordeal: a mother who must divide her family, a devoted wife who refuses to abandon her husband, recent research on topics ranging from survival rates to snowfall totals, a little girl who shines with courage, and heartbreaking letters and diaries made public by descendants a century-and-a-half after the tragedy, a man who risks his life merely to keep his word.
The donner party, " rarick writes, "is a story of hard decisions that were neither heroic nor villainous. After months of grueling travel, the 81 men, women and children would be trapped for a brutal winter with little food and only primitive shelter. Often, the emigrants displayed a more realistic and typically human mixture of generosity and selfishness, an alloy born of necessity.
Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West #ad - A fast-paced, heart-wrenching, clear-eyed narrative history, A Desperate Hope casts new light on one of America's most horrific encounters between the dream of a better life and the harsh realities such dreams so often must confront. But rarick resists both the gruesomely sensationalist accounts of the Donner party as well as later attempts to turn the survivors into archetypal pioneer heroes.
The conclusion is known: by spring of the next year, the Donner Party was synonymous with the most harrowing extremes of human survival.
Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner PartyMariner Books #ad - In 1846 eighty-seven people—men, women, and children—set out for California, persuaded to attempt a new overland route. Compulsive reading—a wonderful account, both scholarly and gripping, of a horrifying episode in the history of the west. Arthur M. 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.
. Schlesinger Jr. The tragedy of the donner party constitutes one of the most amazing stories of the American West. After struggling across the desert, and nearly dying of thirst, they reached the very summit of the Sierras, losing many oxen, only to be trapped by blinding snow and bitter storms. Many perished; some survived by resorting to cannibalism; all were subjected to unbearable suffering.
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner PartyWilliam Morrow #ad - Following every painful footstep of Sarah’s journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative. In early december, over the next thirty-two days, starving and desperate, and, Sarah and fourteen others set out for California on snowshoes, endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors.
In this gripping narrative, new york Times bestselling author Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most legendary events in American history. From the #1 bestselling author of the boys in the Boat comes an unforgettable epic of family, tragedy, and survival on the American frontier“An ideal pairing of talent and material.
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party #ad - Engrossing. A deft and ambitious storyteller. Mary roach, twenty-one-year-old sarah graves, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, intent on a better future, New York Times Book ReviewIn April of 1846, and eight siblings. Seven months later, after joining a party of pioneers led by George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them.
Across the Plains in the Donner Party: A Personal Narrative of the Overland Trip to California 1891#ad - When they reached independence, missouri, and a large band of men, many others joined them, women and children finally left that then frontier town with their faces earnestly set towards the Sea of the Setting Sun. In this narrative first published in 1891, virginia reed murphy 1833 - 1921 depicts the ill-fated expedition as well as her life after reaching the settlements, the period covered being from 1846 to 1861.
The story of the Donner Lake party is well known. Mr. The chief organizer of the expedition was James T. When finally caught in the snow, over forty of the party perished, and such were the dire straits to which the survivors were reduced for food. Eighty-four persons, led by the reed and donner families, took the cut-off and thereby entangled themselves in great difficulties, and occupied so much of their time that they were eventually caught in the snow on the eastern slope of the Sierras.
Across the Plains in the Donner Party: A Personal Narrative of the Overland Trip to California 1891 #ad - Virginia Reed Murphy, Mr. The only narrative published by a survivor of the ill fated party. Southwestern journal of Education“An important contribution to Western history. University of chicago School Review“Well written, and pleasant reading. The literary world“across the plains in the donner party” is the story of the famous "Donner Expedition" across the plains to California in 1846 by the daughter of George Donner, captain of the party, and herself a member of it.
All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner PartySouth Fork Communications #ad - Virginia acknowledges the fallibility of the adults in her life and begins to rely on her own judgment. But enthusiasm turns to alarm when her father and other party leaders make decisions that put the families dangerously behind schedule. Provisions dwindle. Hardships mount. In a frantic effort to reach California before winter, the Donner Party takes an untried shortcut, with heartbreaking results.
Winner of 2017 independent press award: distinguished favorite for historical fictionin 1846 the Reed and Donner families leave Illinois on a 2, 000-mile journey to California in search of free land and a healthy climate. Thirteen-year-old virginia Reed is thrilled to ride ahead of the wagons each day beside her adored father.
All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner Party #ad - When the party becomes trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains by early snows, she must find the courage to defy her father in order to save the rest of her family. Anger erupts.
Billy the Kid: The Endless RideW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Filled with dozens of rare images and period photographs, Billy the Kid separates myth from reality and presents an unforgettable portrait of this brief and violent life. This might be the best Billy the Kid book to date. Fritz thompson, award-winning historian michael wallis re-creates the rich anecdotal saga of Billy the Kid 1859–1881, Albuquerque JournalIn this revisionist biography, a young man who became a legend in his time and remains an enigma to this day.
In an extraordinary evocation of the legendary Old West, Wallis demonstrates why the Kid has remained one of our most popular folk heroes.
Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur FloydW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Michael wallis evokes the hard times of the era as he follows the life of Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd from his coming of age, murder, to his descent into a life of petty crime, bootlegging, when there were no jobs and no food, and prison. This engaging biography exactly and vividly catches the tone of a region, a time, and a man.
Larry mcmurtryfrom the best-selling author of Billy the Kid and Route 66, a true-life story of a notorious outlaw that magnificently re-creates the vanished, impoverished world of Dust Bowl America. Pretty boy is social history at its best, portraying, with a sweeping style, the larger story of the hardscrabble farmers whose lives were so intolerably shattered by the Depression.
Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd #ad - Before long he was one of the FBI's original "public enemies. After a series of spectacular bank robberies he was slain in an Ohio field in 1934 at the age of thirty.
David Crockett: The Lion of the WestW. W. Norton & Company #ad - In this surprising new york times bestseller, historian Michael Wallis has cast a fresh look at the flesh-and-blood man behind one of the most celebrated figures in American history. Cuts through decades of mythmaking. Texas monthlypopular culture transformed his memory into “Davy Crockett, ” and Hollywood gave him a raccoon hat he hardly ever wore.
Vivid, Comprehensible. More than a riveting story, wallis’s david crockett is a revelatory, authoritative biography that separates fact from fiction and provides us with an extraordinary evocation of not only a true American hero but also the rough-and-tumble times in which he lived.
The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream Search and Recover Book 2Anchor #ad - It drew fortune-seekers from the ends of the earth, accelerated America’s imperial expansion, and exacerbated the tensions that exploded in the Civil War. H. W. Brands tells his epic story from multiple perspectives: of adventurers John and Jessie Fremont, entrepreneur Leland Stanford, and the wry observer Samuel Clemens—side by side with prospectors, soldiers, and scoundrels.
The california gold rush inspired a new American dream—the “dream of instant wealth, won by audacity and good luck. The discovery of gold on the American River in 1848 triggered the most astonishing mass movement of peoples since the Crusades. Impressive in its scholarship and overflowing with life, The Age of Gold is history in the grand traditions of Stephen Ambrose and David McCullough.
The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream Search and Recover Book 2 #ad - . He imparts a visceral sense of the distances they traveled, the suffering they endured, and the fortunes they made and lost.