H.W. Brands explores the far-reaching implications of this pivotal point in U.S. history, weaving the politics of the times with gripping stories of both the ordinary and the famous in a colorful, intricate tapestry displaying both the best and the worst of the American character. He recounts the great fortunes won - and lost. And most of all, he reveals the profound effect the Gold Rush had on the way Americans on both coasts viewed their destinies, as the notion of getting rich quickly transformed the traditional Puritan ethic of hard work and the gradual accumulation of wealth. In the aftermath of the Gold Rush, a new American dream was born - the enduring conviction that sudden wealth was within everyone's grasp.
A stunning re-creation of one of the most exciting periods of America's past, The Age of Gold is narrative history on a grand scale.
©2002 H.W. Brands; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.
"A fine, robust telling of one of the greatest adventure stories in history." (David McCullough, author of John Adams)
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"Magnificent in its sweep, and not to be missed by fans of American history." (Amazon.com)
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