The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 10, 2008 - History - 592 pages
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“I have found it.” These words, uttered by the man who first discovered gold on the American River in 1848, triggered the most astonishing mass movement of peoples since the Crusades. California’s gold drew fortune-seekers from the ends of the earth. It accelerated America’s imperial expansion and exacerbated the tensions that exploded in the Civil War. And, as H. W. Brands makes clear in this spellbinding book, the Gold Rush inspired a new American dream—the “dream of instant wealth, won by audacity and good luck.”
Brands tells his epic story from multiple perspectives: of adventurers John and Jessie Fremont, entrepreneur Leland Stanford, and the wry observer Samuel Clemens—side by side with prospectors, soldiers, and scoundrels. He imparts a visceral sense of the distances they traveled, the suffering they endured, and the fortunes they made and lost. Impressive in its scholarship and overflowing with life, The Age of Gold is history in the grand traditions of Stephen Ambrose and David McCullough.

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Review: The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream

User Review  - Aaron Galles - Goodreads

Good read on the start and some of the outcomes of the Gold Rush in california. I've lived in California for a few years now and realized I knew little about this era in the founding of California ... Read full review

Review: The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream

User Review  - Bill S. - Goodreads

The discovery of gold in northern California and everything that came along with it, after it, and because of it. Read full review


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About the author (2008)

H. W. Brands is Distinguished Professor and Melbern G. Glasscock Chair of American History at Texas A&M University. He is the author of many books, among them The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and T.R.: The Last Romantic, a critically acclaimed biography of Theodore Roosevelt. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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