Journals Higher Education

$16.95

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08 July 2009

304 Pages

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195383317


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Desperate Passage

The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West

Ethan Rarick

A fast-paced, heart-wrenching, clear-eyed narrative history, Desperate Passage 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. Drawing on fresh archeological evidence, recent research on topics ranging from survival rates to snowfall totals, and heartbreaking letters and diaries made public by descendants a century-and-a-half after the tragedy, Ethan Rarick offers an intimate portrait of the Donner party and their unimaginable ordeal.

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