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Claire

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  • The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By H.W. Brands
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    When gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill on the American River, it completely transformed the territory of California. Hundreds of thousands of people sped to California by any means possible, and small cities sprung up to service their needs as they sought the precious metal. By 1850, California had become a state; it had also become a symbol of where the nation was going.

    Claire says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Very Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I'm now about a third of the way through "The Age of Gold" and I'm hooked. It's a very interesting social history of the gold rush, and has certainly managed to increase yet further my interest in this period of history.

    HW Brands shares the stories of a diverse range of people affected by the rush, and explains how they became united by the discovery of gold in California.

    I was enthralled by the original testimonies of many of the gold hunters. Brands frequently quotes diaries and letters and these have given me a much deeper insight into the period - although I had known that the trip to California was far from easy, I've been shocked at quite how bad it was at times!

    I would certainly recommend this to anyone with even a passing interest in the gold rush, or American history, society and culture. In my opinion, it's a fascinating story of a fascinating time and the only reason I haven't given it five stars is because this is my first Audible download, and so I don't yet have other books to which to compare it!

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