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The Klondike Fever
     

The Klondike Fever

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by Pierre Berton
 

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2010 Reprint of 1958 edition. This thrilling story of the Klondike Gold Rush is at once first-rate history and first-rate entertainment. Some of the anecdotes of the last great gold rush have been told by others, but Pierre Berton is the first to distill the Klondike experience into a single, complete, coherent and immensely dramatic narrative. He spent 12 years in

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2010 Reprint of 1958 edition. This thrilling story of the Klondike Gold Rush is at once first-rate history and first-rate entertainment. Some of the anecdotes of the last great gold rush have been told by others, but Pierre Berton is the first to distill the Klondike experience into a single, complete, coherent and immensely dramatic narrative. He spent 12 years in Dawson City researching the work. The entire tale has an epic ring, as much because of its splendid folly as because of its color and motion. The full story has never been told before, nor has it been told in this dramatic way.

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ISBN-13:
9781578989645
Publisher:
Martino Fine Books
Publication date:
08/25/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
492
Sales rank:
466,102
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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Klondike Fever 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
resena More than 1 year ago
Working in western Canada in the '70s, I was very familiar with Pierre Berton and his writing....from watching Canadian TV. A very rough equivalent to Berton in that setting would be our senior journalist Tom Brokaw, who is appearing on USA TV now. This book is not just about the facts of the Klondike gold rush; it emphasizes the mindset of the "madness" that drove people to risk their lives for gold. Decades after I lived in Canada, I just now got around to reading this book by Berton. It has been very helpful to me in preparing for my first trip to the Yukon this spring. This large paperback book is literally heavy. So do not plan on taking it with you on your trip to the northwest. Read it first. Then travel.
Terrill_Langtree More than 1 year ago
This book is a hidden gem; it's one of the most entertaining books I've ever read. I originally picked up this book on the Klondike after reading Jack London's Call of the Wild. I had an interest in learning more about the '97 Gold Rush, saw this book at Barnes & Noble and decided to purchase it. Barton (the author) writes with flash and is able to create an absorbing "tale" about a historic event. Although it is essentially a collection of historic bits and pieces. Barton crafts the chronological sequences like a master story teller. Everyone from Jack London, the shister "Soapy Smith", and the indominable Canadian Mounted Police are active and alive in Barton's accounts. This is a wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago