Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899

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Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899

by Pierre Berton

Doubleday Canada | October 9, 2001 | Trade Paperback

Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899 is rated 5 out of 5 by 4.
With the building of the railroad and the settlement of the plains, the North West was opening up. The Klondike stampede was a wild interlude in the epic story of western development, and here are its dramatic tales of hardship, heroism, and villainy. We meet Soapy Smith, dictator of Skagway; Swiftwater Bill Gates, who bathed in champagne; Silent Sam Bonnifield, who lost and won back a hotel in a poker game; and Roddy Connors, who danced away a fortune at a dollar a dance. We meet dance-hall queens, paupers turned millionaires, missionaries and entrepreneurs, and legendary Mounties such as Sam Steele, the Lion of the Yukon.

Pierre Berton's riveting account reveals to us the spectacle of the Chilkoot Pass, and the terrors of lesser-known trails through the swamps of British Columbia, across the glaciers of souther Alaska, and up the icy streams of the Mackenzie Mountains. It contrasts the lawless frontier life on the American side of the border to the relative safety of Dawson City. Winner of the Governor General's award for non-fiction, Klondike is authentic history and grand entertainment, and a must-read for anyone interested in the Canadian frontier.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 9 × 6.02 × 1.15 in

Published: October 9, 2001

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385658443

ISBN - 13: 9780385658447

Found in: Canada, Canada

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book I found this book impossible to put down. It describes the events and conditions of the Klondike gold rush very well and outlines the excitement and horrible misery of the time... Wow.. I did not know that Pierre Berton's parents were Klondikers and he himself grew up and worked around Dawson. What a surprise. Very happy I purchaced it
Date published: 2008-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating Full of vivid descriptions and anecdotes, Pierre Berton really brought the Klondike gold rush to life for me. He weaves together stories of the pioneers into a complex, yet fully accessible, narrative that sometimes made me laugh, cry, feel the awe that the people must have actually felt when first confronted with the majesty of the great north. I recommend this book to anyone interested not only in the history of Canada, but with fascinating periods of human history in general and the extreme lengths some took to achieve wealth and glory.
Date published: 2008-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique times Terrific book. Pierre Berton brings back to life all the characters that made this period in history quite unique. If you are traveling to the Yukon or Alaska, bring this book along or read it before going.
Date published: 2007-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique times Terrific book. All the more interesting that I had just returned from a trip to Alaska where many of the towns and routes are featured in the book. I wish I had read it before going. Pierre Berton brings all these unique characters back to life for us to imagine what this unique period in our history was like.
Date published: 2007-08-15

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Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899

by Pierre Berton

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 9 × 6.02 × 1.15 in

Published: October 9, 2001

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385658443

ISBN - 13: 9780385658447

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised EditionCast of Major CharactersThe Golden HighwayONE1. The Pilgrims2. "Gold — all same like this!"3. The hermits of Fortymile4. The land of the Golden RuleTWO1. The prospector and the squaw man2. The exculpation of Lying George3. Moose pastures4. The kings of Eldorado5. Henderson's luckTHREE1. Clarence Berry strikes it rich2. The death of Circle City3. The birth of Dawson4. A friend in need5. Big Alex and Swiftwater Bill6. City of goldFOUR1. The treasure ships2. Rich man, poor man3. A ton of gold4. Klondicitis5. Warnings all unheeded6. Balloons, boatsleds, and bicycles7. Fearful passageFIVE1. Captain Billy's last stand2. The swarming sands of Skagway3. The dead horse trail4. Hell on earth5. The human serpentSIX1. Starvation winter2. Revolt on the Yukon3. A dollar a waltz4. Only a coal miner's daughter…5. Greenhorns triumphant6. The Saint of DawsonSEVEN1. The trails of Ninety-Eight2. Rich man's route3. Frozen highways4. "Bury me here, where I failed"5. Overland from Edmonton6. The road to Destruction CityEIGHT1. The Chilkoot2. Up the Golden Stairs3. One of everybody4. Death beneath the snowsNINE1. Rage in the sawpits2. The Lion of the Yukon3. The outlandish armada4. Split-Up cityTEN1. "Cheechako!"2. Carnival summer3. Champagne for breakfast4. Remember the Sabbath5. Graft and the NuggetELEVEN1. Soapy Smith takes over2. Alias Robin Hood3. The Committee of 1014. Dictator of Skagway5. Shoot-out at the Juneau dock6. No escapeTWELVE1. Gold, restless gold2. The
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With the building of the railroad and the settlement of the plains, the North West was opening up. The Klondike stampede was a wild interlude in the epic story of western development, and here are its dramatic tales of hardship, heroism, and villainy. We meet Soapy Smith, dictator of Skagway; Swiftwater Bill Gates, who bathed in champagne; Silent Sam Bonnifield, who lost and won back a hotel in a poker game; and Roddy Connors, who danced away a fortune at a dollar a dance. We meet dance-hall queens, paupers turned millionaires, missionaries and entrepreneurs, and legendary Mounties such as Sam Steele, the Lion of the Yukon.

Pierre Berton's riveting account reveals to us the spectacle of the Chilkoot Pass, and the terrors of lesser-known trails through the swamps of British Columbia, across the glaciers of souther Alaska, and up the icy streams of the Mackenzie Mountains. It contrasts the lawless frontier life on the American side of the border to the relative safety of Dawson City. Winner of the Governor General's award for non-fiction, Klondike is authentic history and grand entertainment, and a must-read for anyone interested in the Canadian frontier.

From the Jacket

With the building of the railroad and the settlement of the plains, the North West was opening up. The Klondike stampede was a wild interlude in the epic story of western development, and here are its dramatic tales of hardship, heroism, and villainy. We meet Soapy Smith, dictator of Skagway; Swiftwater Bill Gates, who bathed in champagne; Silent Sam Bonnifield, who lost and won back a hotel in a poker game; and Roddy Connors, who danced away a fortune at a dollar a dance. We meet dance-hall queens, paupers turned millionaires, missionaries and entrepreneurs, and legendary Mounties such as Sam Steele, the Lion of the Yukon.
Pierre Berton's riveting account reveals to us the spectacle of the Chilkoot Pass, and the terrors of lesser-known trails through the swamps of British Columbia, across the glaciers of souther Alaska, and up the icy streams of the Mackenzie Mountains. It contrasts the lawless frontier life on the American side of the border to the relative safety of Dawson City. Winner of the Governor General's award for non-fiction, "Klondike is authentic history and grand entertainment, and a must-read for anyone interested in the Canadian frontier.

About the Author

Pierre Berton, Canada's most widely read historian, was born in the Yukon and educated at UBC. Author of forty-seven books, he has received three Governor General's awards for nonfiction, two Nellies for broadcasting, two National Newspaper awards, the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and the National History Society's first award for "distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history." He holds eleven honorary degrees, is a member of the Newsman's Hall of Fame, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Editorial Reviews

"A fascinating book of permanent value." —The Globe and Mail

"A comprehensive and absolutely first-rate history." —The New Yorker

"An epic account … fascinating and exciting." —The Observer, London

"Pierre Berton writes 24-carat gold." —The Edmonton Journal