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. Great fortunes were made by such memorable figures as John Fremont, Leland Stanford, and George Hearst; great fortunes were lost by those who are now along history's wayside. The Gold Rush had a profound effect on the way Americans viewed their destinies, as the new get-rich-quick ethos prevailed over the old Puritan mores of hard work. H.W. Brands' masterful narrative discloses the whole story.weiterlesen
"With solid research and a sprightly narrative, Brands's portrait of the gold rush is an enlightening analysis of a transformative period for California and America." (
"Brands writes history as the art of storytelling that enthralls and informs the reader. Highly recommended." ( Library Journal)
"An important work of history." ( Booklist)
"Exuberant....Entertaining, lively....Brands [is] a wonderfully skilled narrative historian." ( Los Angeles Times)
"An engrossing, multifaceted history." ( The New York Times)
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