CALIFORNIA DISASTERS highlights some of the major catastrophic events from pre-statehood to the 21st Century. It is said that California has four seasons: drought, flood, fire, and earthquakes. California Disasters covers all these categories and many more. Readers will discover the stories behind some of the most dramatic disasters in the state's history, along with a "near miss.<P>Phyllis Perry's book will captivate fans of disaster literature as they read of the well-known (the Donner Party fiasco of 1846 and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire) and the obscure (the wreck of the paddle ship Brother Jonathan in 1865 and the fire at the Argonaut Mine in 1922). The book covers 17 types of disasters and a host of individual incidents. Some chapters focus on a single event (e.g., the Donner Party, St. Francis Dam failure). Many cover multiple events under a category heading (e.g., earthquakes, train wrecks, shark attacks). Readers will be inspired by many acts of heroism, bravery, and compassion. Perry's book surveys the scope and impact of these disasters, covering quakes, shipwrecks, plane and train crashes, car pileups, tsunamis, dust storms, floods, bridge and dam collapses, and the spectacular eruption of Lassen Peak. Some, like coastal shark attacks, affect few, while disasters such as summer wildfires claim dozens of lives and hundreds of structures, destroy wildlife, devastate miles of land, and even wipe out whole towns.<P>You will find all these stories in this thrilling collection of Californians' abrupt and violent encounters with man-made and natural disaster.<P>- Illustrated with black & white archival photos.<P>- Featuring true stories researched and written about the most dramatic and diverse disasters from the Golden State.<P>- Includes natural and man-made disasters dating from 1771 to 2020.