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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (273 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. W. Brands Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“I have found it.” These words, uttered by the man who first discovered gold on the American River in 1848, triggered the most astonishing mass movement of peoples since the Crusades. California’s gold drew fortune-seekers from the ends of the earth. It accelerated America’s imperial expansion and exacerbated the tensions that exploded in the Civil War. And, as H. W. Brands makes clear in this spellbinding book, the Gold Rush inspired a new American dream—the “dream of instant wealth, won by audacity and good luck.”

Brands tells his epic story from multiple perspectives: of adventurers John and Jessie Fremont, entrepreneur Leland Stanford, and the wry observer Samuel Clemens—side by side with prospectors, soldiers, and scoundrels. He imparts a visceral sense of the distances they traveled, the suffering they endured, and the fortunes they made and lost. Impressive in its scholarship and overflowing with life, The Age of Gold is history in the grand traditions of Stephen Ambrose and David McCullough.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dan Ripke | 2/7/2014

    " Very good history of gold and its role in the early days of California. Follows how gold impacts dozens of individuals lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by George Fodor | 1/21/2014

    " Brands includes exquisitely detailed physical descriptions of key characters. I especially appreciate his ability to tell a story as well as document history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 1/17/2014

    " Excellent, wide-ranging history of the CA gold rush with details about the trips people took to get to CA, John Fremont, William Sherman, the first railroad to cross the country, and how the gold rush shaped American attitudes and expectations. Fun and fascinating. Good read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeffrey | 12/19/2013

    " This book really ties in the effect events in California had in the creation of our nation as we know it. Very unlikely the North wins the war without this Gold Rush. Great read for non-fiction fans! "

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