By H.W. Brands
“I have discovered it.” those phrases, uttered by way of the fellow who first found gold at the American River in 1848, prompted the main dazzling mass move of peoples because the Crusades. California’s gold drew fortune-seekers from the ends of the earth. It speeded up America’s imperial growth and exacerbated the tensions that exploded within the Civil conflict. And, as H. W. manufacturers makes transparent during this spellbinding ebook, the Gold Rush encouraged a brand new American dream—the “dream of rapid wealth, received through audacity and stable luck.”
Brands tells his epic tale from a number of views: of adventurers John and Jessie Fremont, entrepreneur Leland Stanford, and the wry observer Samuel Clemens—side by way of part with prospectors, infantrymen, and scoundrels. He imparts a visceral experience of the distances they traveled, the ache they persevered, and the fortunes they made and misplaced. outstanding in its scholarship and overflowing with lifestyles, The Age of Gold is heritage within the grand traditions of Stephen Ambrose and David McCullough.