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. Download and start listening now!