I recommend this book to anyone who is interested or enjoys human interest stories. The tragedy of the Donner Party, which George Stewart unveils in this accurate and compelling novel, rivals anything put down by the likes of Krakauer or Junger, two of my favorite writers. The details of cannabalism are graphic and I would not reccomend this for children. As a side note. after you have read this book find the PBS broadcast of an Episode of "American Experience - The Donner Party," which is based on this novel and was one of the most frightening documentaries I have ever seen on any subject. Enjoy this book. Oh and bring a Snickers in case you get hungry.