The dust jacket of Hard Road West promises familiar pleasures to John McPhee lovers, and so I picked the book up with great anticipation. McPhee’s works have greatly heightened the interest of writers and readers in the genre of creative nonfiction, and while for me, Keith Meldahl’s work does not quite reach McPhee’s stratospheric heights, for the right audience it is definitely a very good read.
Maher, Harmon D. Jr., "Review of Hard Road West: History and Geology along the Gold Rush Trail by Keith Heyer Meldahl" (2009). Geography and Geology Faculty Publications. 2.