Winning of the West: Book 1
This riveting book may well be the most historically accurate and detailed telling of the 1846-47 Donner-Reed Party’s traumatic journey to California. Of the hundreds of wagon trains traveling west, only the Donner Party left an indelible imprint on our national imagination, the wagon trains fame sealed by its terrible fate.
Eckert’s masterful telling brings alive the Donner Party’s 88 members and the fates of the eleven families and numerous single men who risked all, of whom just 51 survived. He enriches the compelling tale with vivid descriptions of the colorful characters, both in the party and among those they met: mountain men, native peoples both hostile and helpful, and more. This poignant and dramatic account provides a rigorously accurate and comprehensive telling of one of America’s great pioneer sagas.
By Allan Eckert