The Indifferent Stars Above takes a new look at an old tale

January 19, 2010 at 7:40 pm (Best of the Best - My Favorites, History)

Daniel James Brown put a great deal of time and effort into his study of the Donner Party and the individual families who made up that ill fated group, becoming a living – and dead- warning to many others taking the trip westward to California, a lesson that should be well heeded today, even with our modern technology.

As shown in this review, Brown manages to bring the story to reality, telling it so well that the reader gets into the story, plods through the snow next to the survivors, and even in the heat of summer, his story telling will leave the readers reaching for blankets and sweaters.

It’s a very easy read for a history book, and that is often saying a lot, as too many historians get bogged in delivering the facts and forget to tell the story.  As such, it makes my list of  Best of the Best.

Here’s the review –


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