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  - Robert Melnyk - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. It deals with the California Gold Rush, but it is much more than that. It ties the gold rush into American and world history, the events that were happening at the time ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Aric Cushing - Goodreads

Brands was a finalist for the Pulitzer for his book on Abraham Lincoln. This book follows in the same line with incredible anecdotes of adventurers making their way to California from France ... Read full review

Contents

The Baron and the Carpenter
1
In the Footsteps of Father Serra
25
Across the Pacific
47
The Peaks of Darien
65
To the Bottom of the World and Back
To See the Elephant
Where Rivers
With a Washhowl on My Knee
PART FflflH
3

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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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