Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899 by Pierre BertonKlondike: The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899 by Pierre Berton

Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899

byPierre Berton

Paperback | October 9, 2001

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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.
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...
Title:Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:October 9, 2001Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385658443

ISBN - 13:9780385658447

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read A good read. Sometimes Berton tries to jam as many inconsequential stories in as possible which at times slows it down but, at times these stories provide the human aspect to the narrative. It seems as though he tries to mention every single person that travelled to the gold fields and their story which can get a little redundant. Still, a good read.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from klondike a classic historical novel by an amazing writer
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mr. This is one if the best books I have ever read! It kept my interest from the very first and I found it difficult to put down. I look forward to my next Pierre Burton work.
Date published: 2014-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Great hike through an amazing history!
Date published: 2013-08-15
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

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition
Cast of Major Characters
The Golden Highway

1. The Pilgrims
2. "Gold — all same like this!"
3. The hermits of Fortymile
4. The land of the Golden Rule

1. The prospector and the squaw man
2. The exculpation of Lying George
3. Moose pastures
4. The kings of Eldorado
5. Henderson's luck

1. Clarence Berry strikes it rich
2. The death of Circle City
3. The birth of Dawson
4. A friend in need
5. Big Alex and Swiftwater Bill
6. City of gold

1. The treasure ships
2. Rich man, poor man
3. A ton of gold
4. Klondicitis
5. Warnings all unheeded
6. Balloons, boatsleds, and bicycles
7. Fearful passage

1. Captain Billy's last stand
2. The swarming sands of Skagway
3. The dead horse trail
4. Hell on earth
5. The human serpent

1. Starvation winter
2. Revolt on the Yukon
3. A dollar a waltz
4. Only a coal miner's daughter…
5. Greenhorns triumphant
6. The Saint of Dawson

1. The trails of Ninety-Eight
2. Rich man's route
3. Frozen highways
4. "Bury me here, where I failed"
5. Overland from Edmonton
6. The road to Destruction City

1. The Chilkoot
2. Up the Golden Stairs
3. One of everybody
4. Death beneath the snows

1. Rage in the sawpits
2. The Lion of the Yukon
3. The outlandish armada
4. Split-Up city

1. "Cheechako!"
2. Carnival summer
3. Champagne for breakfast
4. Remember the Sabbath
5. Graft and the Nugget

1. Soapy Smith takes over
2. Alias Robin Hood
3. The Committee of 101
4. Dictator of Skagway
5. Shoot-out at the Juneau dock
6. No escape

1. Gold, restless gold
2. The San Francisco of the North
3. The false fronts of Front Street
4. Queens of dance-hall row
5. Fortune's wheels
6. The last stampede
7. Tales of conspicuous wealth
8. Money to burn

1. Finale
2. The legacy of the gold rush
3. River of ghosts

A Note on the Revised Edition

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