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Ordeal by Hunger by George R. Stewart
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Jul 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction
Read from July 05 to 10, 2012

I've never read anything by George Stewart before and discovered him by way of Wallace Stegner's "Big Rock Candy Mountain". This was truly a page turner and well written. It was written in 1936 so was probably the first book about that incident. He seems to have done a lot of research; quite a few of the people had left journals and of course about half of them survived. He mentions that one of the survivors was still alive at the time of his writing but he/she must have been pretty old as the ordeal took place in 1846. Stewart is a good writer so that added to the suspense of the story. There have been a lot of stories about the Donnor Party but this one seems to be the real deal. I highly recommend it if you can find it. I plan to read more by Stewart.
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