COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Masks covering your nose and mouth are required for entry.
  • HOLIDAY ALERTS:
    • If you're placing an order that needs to be shipped, please do so by Monday, December 6 to increase the chances that your order will arrive at its destination by Christmas. Due to supply chain issues and shipping delays, we cannot guarantee that any order will arrive by December 25. 
    • Our online store will be closed beginning December 24 and remain closed through December 26.
    • Both our online and physical store will be closed December 25 & 26.

TOP 21 OF 2021

The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny (Paperback)

PLEASE READ BEFORE PLACING AN ORDER:

-Please do not come to the store until you get a confirmation email that your order is complete and ready for pickup!

-Please place orders for pre-order titles separately. If your pre-order is placed with other titles, please note that we will add additional shipping fees.

-Women & Children First is not responsible for lost or stolen packages.

The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny Cover Image
$16.95
Unavailable

Description


Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence

Finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award

A Publishers Weekly Holiday Guide History Pick


“A book so gripping it can scarcely be put down.... Superb.” —New York Times Book Review


"WESTWARD HO! FOR OREGON AND CALIFORNIA!"


In the eerily warm spring of 1846, George Donner placed this advertisement in a local newspaper as he and a restless caravan prepared for what they hoped would be the most rewarding journey of a lifetime. But in eagerly pursuing what would a century later become known as the "American dream," this optimistic-yet-motley crew of emigrants was met with a chilling nightmare; in the following months, their jingoistic excitement would be replaced by desperate cries for help that would fall silent in the deadly snow-covered mountains of the Sierra Nevada.


We know these early pioneers as the Donner Party, a name that has elicited horror since the late 1840s. With The Best Land Under Heaven, Wallis has penned what critics agree is “destined to become the standard account” (Washington Post) of the notorious saga. Cutting through 160 years of myth-making, the “expert storyteller” (True West) compellingly recounts how the unlikely band of early pioneers met their fate. Interweaving information from hundreds of newly uncovered documents, Wallis illuminates how a combination of greed and recklessness led to one of America’s most calamitous and sensationalized catastrophes. The result is a “fascinating, horrifying, and inspiring” (Oklahoman) examination of the darkest side of Manifest Destiny.



About the Author


Michael Wallis, the best-selling author of Route 66 and Billy the Kid, has published eighteen books and won numerous honors and awards. He is a popular public speaker and a highly acclaimed voice actor. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781631494000
ISBN-10: 1631494007
Publisher: Liveright
Publication Date: May 29th, 2018
Pages: 496
Language: English