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The Donner Party

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2007 Best Nonfiction Award

Weathering the Storm is a unique look at this classic western tale of the struggle for survival as powerful snowstorms during the winter of 1847 trapped 81 California-bound pioneers in the High Sierra.

Fresh, dramatic, and insightful, this book focuses on how extreme weather challenged the emigrants and their heroic rescuers. The 192-page book is well-illustrated with nearly 100 historic photographs, as well as many previously unpublished images depicting contemporary winter weather conditions at the encampment areas.

Read Weathering the Storm and feel first-hand how much courage, endurance, faith, and hope it took the Donner Party to survive that epic Sierra winter.

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Endorsements for The Donner Party: Weathering the Storm:

"Mark McLaughlin has written an outstanding book about the Donner Party. I enjoyed the way he interspersed the Donner story with other weather and historical events happening in California, such as the Bear Flag Rebellion and the Mexican-American War. Great job!"

    Steve Beck, Archivist Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, Sacramento

"This book is very, very good! I was impressed by the quality and extent of the research, written with a very engaging style. It is an excellent and much-needed addition to the Donner Party literature. I highly recommend it!"

    Gary Noy, Director of the center for Sierra Nevada Studies, Sierra College

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