The Rush: America's Fevered Quest for Fortune, 1848-1853

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Little, Brown, Aug 12, 2014 - History - 368 pages
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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.

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The Rush: America's Fevered Quest for Fortune, 1848–1853

User Review  - Nathan Bender - Book Verdict

Dolnick (The Clockwork Universe) brings to life the giddy excitement and mortal dangers of the California gold rush of 1848–55. Beginning with an overview of a penny-wise America, Dolnick follows the ... Read full review

THE RUSH: America's Fevered Quest for Fortune, 1848-1853

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The miners of the California GoldRush didn't need law and order, toothpaste or running water. They needed acourse in money management.In a bit of nicely rendered irony,Dolnick (The Clockwork Universe ... Read full review

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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.