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The California Gold Rushinspired a new American dream the dream of instant wealth, won by audacity and good luck. The discovery of gold on the American River in 1848triggered the most astonishing mass movement of peoples since the Crusades. It drew fortune-seekers from the ends of the earth, accelerated America s imperial expansion, and exacerbated the tensions that exploded in the Civil War. H.W. 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780385720885
ISBN-10: 0385720882
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 133mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Publish Date: 7-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - H. W. Brands

H. W. BRANDS holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. ANew York Timesbestselling author, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography forThe First AmericanandTraitor to His Class.

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