'The Best Land under Heaven' Explores Donner-Reed Party

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'The Best Land under Heaven' Explores Donner-Reed Party


Whitmer, Mike, Deseret News (Salt Lake City)


By Mike Whitmer

For the Deseret News

"THE BEST LAND UNDER HEAVEN: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny," by Michael Wallis, Liveright Publishing, $27.95, 376 pages (f)

On April 15, 1846, an excited group of emigrants departed Springfield, Illinois, on a trek that they believed would take them to the glories of California. George Donner and James Reed had no idea that their saga would become a cautionary tale for all later groups who sought a new life in the Western United States.

Reed and Donner were ambitious men with wanderlust in their hearts. Both had families and were reasonably wealthy and well-to-do. But their desire to explore further possibilities led them to leave all for the beauty and glory of California.

Referencing the American doctrine of manifest destiny, in his new book "The Best Land Under Heaven," author Michael Wallis takes readers on an adventure full of excitement, intrigue and harrowing results. His attention to detail gives the reader insight to decisions and experiences that eventually led the ill-fated group to the horrific experiences in the High Sierras of modern-day Nevada and California.

Reed always had an "itch" to try new things. When the idea of emigrating to California was proposed, he was excited to test his mettle - and maybe escape some of the creditors hounding him. His sometime-business partner and friend, Donner, was also interested in the opportunities that awaited. …

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