The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga Of The Donner Party
  • The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga Of The Donner Party
  • The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga Of The Donner Party
  • The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga Of The Donner Party
ISBN: 0061348112
EAN13: 9780061348112
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 22, 2015
Pages: 376
Dimensions: 1" H x 7.9" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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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. Engrossing. A deft and ambitious storyteller. - Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review

In April of 1846, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Graves, intent on a better future, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, 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. In early December, starving and desperate, Sarah and fourteen others set out for California on snowshoes, and, over the next thirty-two days, 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. Following every painful footstep of Sarah's journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative.

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   Excellent historical context and detail
I really liked the historical details that Brown gives, such as the economic climate of the 1840s, the mores and customs of the time, what kinds of things the settlers were likely to have packed, or what they would have done with the surplus timber. That means he stops the action of the story to provide such details, which might bother you if you want a quick action story, but I Brown loved his style.
   The Difficult Journey
This book is very informative and I highly recommend it to anyone. The depth of research and detail in this report is unparalleled. It was a daunting challenge for managers to make the tough decisions necessary to extract value from the diamonds. Five more stars were not given because the film's editing was so poorly done. There are some paragraphs that are difficult to decipher. This can disrupt the flow of reading, especially if the book is a fiction. Daniel James Brown is an excellent novelist and I have looked for other books by him. The boys in the boat are my all time favorites. He is an excellent writer, and I would recommend that anyone go out of the way to read his work. This will stay with the reader long after the book is finished. The photos provide a glimpse into the lives of the pioneers as they traversed the country. The internal determination of the pioneers to find the bodies of their tormentors reveals the true character of the American Revolution.
   An amazing recount
I had thought, based on the primitive belief that it simply as some. pioneers who got lost and were trapped in a snow storm and resorted to cannibalism, that it was a very complicated and tragic event. In The book, Kerry reveals the true story of the events, the suffering, the tenacity, the sacrifices, the horror, the bravery and difficult choices encountered by each challenge. His talent at presenting his entire journey is captivating. It was a great experience, said Blair.
   Excellent book
Yes, I am glad I overcame my initial apprehension about reading this book because of the grim events it recounts. This book is so much more than the unfortunate events that happened at Donner Pass, Tom Schaeffer said. It's a fascinating window into our early American world during that time and the people who helped develop our nation, he said. The author is a very fine writer and his approach to the retelling of the story made for an illuminating and thought provoking read, Simon said. I was grateful I had purchased the audible kindle version, as it really brought the story alive and enabled me to continue activities like preparing dinner, Mr. Booher told us.
   Harrowing and enthralling
This book is a masterful blend of memoir and fiction. contextualizes what happened and it explains to a modern audience who is evidently out of touch with those described in the book. Thanks to the internet, we now have such a glimpse into the past informed by today's knowledge. I would recommend this book to anyone.
   Left me indifferent
The other night I was left with a question: What really happened? After checking out some other choices, I ended up with The Best Land Under Heaven, a much better narrative. He also does a couple of things that Brown did not do well: He created a solid historical context and he built a solid background for all the main characters. Plus, there was a map. The Brown volume did not have one, a cardinal sin for writers of travel. After watching the film, I was no longer angry with the members of the Donner Party.
   Too much
Although the writing is beautiful, I find the excessive detail too much for in-depth professional study. I admit that the stress of 2020 made me less able to enjoy the subject. I have read his book on rowing and enjoyed it quite a bit, said Dr. Brian Mulloy, director of sport at the University of Massachusetts.
   One of my favorite non fiction books ever
I've read the entire book, and I'm in love. I learned about it from the Last Podcast on the Left, which I recorded with Don Knott. It's just too good a story to be told, Michael Lewis said of the first book. Definitely in my top three non-fiction stories I have ever read.
   A harrowing tale of human endurance
A well-researched and well-known account of the trials and tribulations of the Donner party. Although aware of the history this gives a first person account of the hardships endured by both the explorer and the end result. It's hard to put down, but also hard to read at times. We value the lives we enjoy today more than ever.
   Great read
The book is a great read. The show was originally aired on the left, but was picked up by HBO after the Left's story. Had never heard of the Donner incident, but reading about the actual events made me wonder. Some people die. Spoiler alert: The Harrisons are back!