A riveting portrait of the Gold Rush, by the award-winning author of Down the Great Unknown and The Forger's Spell.
In the spring of 1848, rumors began to spread that gold had been discovered in a remote spot in the Sacramento Valley. A year later, newspaper headlines declared "Gold Fever!" as hundreds of thousands of men and women borrowed money, quit their jobs, and allowed themselves- for the first time ever-to imagine a future of ease and splendor. In THE RUSH, Edward Dolnick brilliantly recounts their treacherous westward journeys by wagon and on foot, and takes us to the frenzied gold fields and the rowdy cities that sprang from nothing to jam-packed chaos. With an enthralling cast of characters and scenes of unimaginable wealth and desperate ruin, THE RUSH is a fascinating-and rollicking-account of the greatest treasure hunt the world has ever seen.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)|
About the Author
Edward Dolnick is the author of The Forger's Spell, Down the Great Unknown and the Edgar Award-winning The Rescue Artist. A former chief science writer at the Boston Globe, he has written for The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. There are over 130,000 copies of his books in print. He lives with his wife near Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
Part I Hope
Chapter 1 A Crack in Time 7
Chapter 2 "I Believe I Have Found a Gold Mine!" 28
Chapter 3 Headlong into History 47
Part II Journey
Chapter 4 Swarming from All Over 71
Chapter 5 A Day at the Circus 90
Chapter 6 An Army on the March 115
Chapter 7 Let Us Glory in Our Magnificence 135
Chapter 8 A Rope of Sand 157
Chapter 9 Gone! 175
Chapter 10 Marooned 186
Part III Reality
Chapter 11 First Peeks at the Golden Land 207
Chapter 12 Hard Times 227
Chapter 13 At Ease in a Barbarous Land 248
Chapter 14 Taking the Bread from American Miners 257
Chapter 15 The Princess and the Mangled Hand 276
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well written and easy to read....like a novel. But it is well researched and the reader will feel the intensity, optimism, despair, etc...of te successes and not so successful. I recommended this book to three friends...each enjoyed it.
This book is terrific! My wife grew up near the gold rush town of Virginia City Montana and I grew up in the Williston Basin oilfields, where we both just went through the recent Bakken black gold rush. Much of what is described in this book parallels what we saw in North Dakota during the Bakken hey-day on a modern day scale. Some of the challenges and difficulties were identical and many were analogous to a modern day issues of the same type. The character descriptions were vivid and alive. Seeking a better future with a no rules approach was the same thing we saw people wanting today. Coming to an area to better one’s position, but not necessarily caring about that area was the same today as then. Tip of the cap to a well researched and written book!