California Gold

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Ballantine Books, Apr 1, 1993 - California - 757 pages
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James Macklin Chase was a poor Pennsylvanian who dreamed of making it rich in California. But at the turn of the century, the money to be made was in oil, citrus, water rights, and the railroads. Mack would have it all, if he had his way. And along the way, the men and women he met, the passion he found, the enemies he made, and the great historical figures like William Randolph Hearts, Leland Stanford, and Theodore Roosevelt, he encountered, helped bring glory to the extraordinary century.
"Riveting...CALIFORNIA GOLD strikes pay dirt....This sweeping epic is a dynamite tribute to the sheer pluck of one man who scorns all obstacles. He instills vibrancy in all his characterizations."
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User Review  - Bearcatgary - Goodreads

This was a decent book of historical fiction about California in the late 1800's and early 1900's. I was never really captivated by the book, which is why it took me several months to read. I think I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paul Nielsen - Goodreads

John Jakes comes through as a great talent. His ability to tell a story has few equals. California Gold lives up to expectations from this historical fiction author. Read full review

Contents

California Dreams 1886
3
A Thirsty Man 18861887
15
Welcome to the City 18871888
67
Copyright

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About the author (1993)

John Jakes was born in Chicago in 1932. He studied acting at Northwestern University, where he began writing professionally during his freshman year. Later he enrolled in a creative writing program at DePauw University and received a master's degree in American literature from Ohio State University. Early in his career Jakes wrote copy for a pharmaceutical company and various ad agencies, and authored dozens of short stories encompassing western, mystery and science fiction themes. In March 1973, Jakes commenced work on The Kent Family Chronicles, a multi-volume set portraying American history through the lives of a fictional family. Later works include North and South (1982), California Gold (1989), Homeland (1993), and American Dreams. Six of his major novels have been filmed as television miniseries, and North and South remains one of the highest rated miniseries in the history of television. Jakes is actively involved in the adaptation of North and South for the Broadway stage. John Jakes has been hailed as the godfather of the historical novel, and America's history teacher.

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