Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1960 - History - 394 pages
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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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Review: Ordeal by Hunger: the Story of the Donner Party

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This is one version of the Donner Party story. The writing, or the book itself may not be deserving of 5 stars, although it is well done and eminently readable. However, the historical story itself is ... Read full review

Review: Ordeal by Hunger: the Story of the Donner Party

User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

Excellent recount of the Donner Party. I had heard what most people probably know: the cannibalism aspect. I was not at all prepared for the deep tragedy this piece of history had in store. The book ... Read full review

Contents

FOREWORD
3
THE LONGEST WAY ROUND
7
n MUSTERROLL
14
THE TRAP CLICKS BEHIND
25
THE WAHSATCH
31
THE DRY DRIVE
40
THE LONG PULL
51
KNIFEPLAY BY THE RIVER
59
THE SEVEN AGAINST DEATH
176
xx1 OLD DAN TUCKERS COME TO TOWN
190
THE CHILDREN WALK
197
REED TRIES AGAIN
207
REED VISITS THE DONNERS
215
CADY AND STONE
231
EDDY AND FOSTER
237
BEFORE THE LAST PLUNGE
247

VIH THE LAST DESERT
67
AND CLOSES IN FRONT
75
THE SNOW
89
IN CALIFORNIA
95
TWO FATHERS
97
BEYOND THE WALL
105
DEATH BIDS GODSPEED
116
THE SNOWSHOF RS
122
THE HUNTING OF THE DEER
134
THE WILL TO LIVE
142
CALIFORNIA RESPONDS
150
rVIH YULETIDE BY THE LAKE
160
PROVISIONS SCARCE
168
INTERLUDE
253
THEY REST
267
AFTERWARDS
276
TABOO 204
294
FOREWORD
301
DIARY OF PATRICK BREEN
320
DIARY OF JAMES F REED
336
LETTER OF VIRGINIA REED MAY 16 1847
348
ROSTER OF THE DONNER PARTY
365
BIBLIOGRAPHY
371
INDEX
389
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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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