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

Hardcover | August 12, 2014

byEdward Dolnick

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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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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 borr...

Edward Dolnick is the author ofThe Forger's Spell,Down the Great Unknownand the Edgar Award-winningThe Rescue Artist. A former chief science writer at theBoston Globe, he has written forThe Atlantic Monthly, theNew York Times Magazine, and many other publications. There are over 130,000 copies of his books in print. He lives with his w...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.25 inPublished:August 12, 2014Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316175684

ISBN - 13:9780316175685

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"An engaging and highly amusing account of a clever craftsman. . . . On all those levels this is a delightful foray into art history and psychology"-St. Louis Post-Dispatch