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Donner Press Release

NEWS RELEASE
12-1-06

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MIC MAC PUBLISHING

CONTACT:
Mark McLaughlin       
P.O. Box 483
Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
530.546.5612                                        

Email: mark@micmacmedia.com                 
Web: www.micmacmedia.com

Mark McLaughlin is an award-winning and nationally published author and weather historian. His newest book, The Donner Party: Weathering the Storm, is now available at California & Nevada bookstores and other retail outlets.

This engagingly written and well-illustrated book is a fresh 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. Unique, dramatic and insightful, Weathering the Storm chronicles weather conditions and storm events in northern California as they impacted the snowbound emigrants and the heroic men who risked their lives to save them.

Using diaries, ship logs, eyewitness accounts, memoirs, books, letters, newspaper articles and military journals, McLaughlin weaves early weather records and contemporary accounts into a compelling narrative that not only tells the story of the Donner Party and its rescue, but helps us understand how the extreme weather that winter affected people and events during the Mexican-American War. This book also includes chapters on recent archaeology and forensic discoveries, tree ring climate reconstruction and an illustrated history of rare San Francisco snowstorms.

"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

TITLE:   The Donner Party: Weathering the Storm

CLASSIFICATION:  Non-Fiction: American West History

AUTHOR:    Mark McLaughlin

RETAIL PRICE:    $18.95

ISBN:    0-9657202-5-X

PUBLISHER:   Mic Mac Publishing

DIMENSIONS:  6" X 9" Softcover 192 pages

BACK MATTER:   Bibliography & Sierra snowfall graph

ILLUSTRATIONS:   102 b/w photographs, images and maps

About the Author

Weather historian Mark McLaughlin is an award-winning, nationally published author and photographer with five books and more than 500 articles in print. Mark was educated as an historian and cultural geographer at the University of Nevada, Reno, and his work appears regularly in California and Nevada media; he has received the Nevada State Press award five times. Mark frequently writes historical articles for such magazines as Sierra Heritage, Wild West, Nevada, and Weatherwise. His work has also been published in the Reno News & Review, Issues in Science & Technology, and the Grolier Educational Science Annual encyclopedia.

A professional and popular lecturer who has lived at North Lake Tahoe since 1978, McLaughlin teaches Sierra Nevada history using dramatic stories, slide shows and field trips. He is also a frequent guest on National Public Radio and has twice consulted for The History Channel.

McLaughlin's first two books, Sierra Stories: True Tales of Tahoe, Volumes 1 & 2 are regional bestsellers, and his entertaining publication, Western Train Adventures: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, won the Silver Award at the 2003 Sacramento Publishers & Authors annual awards gala.

Mark McLaughlin's entertaining and educational history books are available at local bookstores or at www.MicMacMedia.com. The website also contains free stories, articles, and photographs, as well as plenty of fascinating weather and snowfall facts for the Lake Tahoe and Donner Pass region of the Sierra Nevada.

Books by Mark McLaughlin:

The Donner Party: Weathering the Storm
Sierra Stories: True Tales of Tahoe Volumes 1 & 2
Western Train Adventures: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Turning the Corner: Energy Solutions for the 21st Century

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