The California Gold Rush inspired a new American dream—the “dream of instant wealth, won by audacity and good luck.” The discovery of gold on the American River in 1848 triggered the most astonishing mass movement of peoples since the Crusades. It drew fortune-seekers from the ends of the earth, accelerated America’s imperial expansion, and exacerbated the tensions that exploded in the Civil War. H.W. 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.
Author: Harry Black
Publisher: Misadventure Press
Release Date: 2014-12-20
In the golden age of detectives, it had to be someone's job to take on the crime scenes without five-star catering In 1929, celebrities with peculiar moustaches or exotic hats get all the glamorous cases - the thefts at country houses, the multiple murders at first-class holiday resorts, the heists closest to the best golf courses. For a traditional private detective, only the really unpleasant or embarrassing ones are left. It's not the most rewarding niche for private investigator James 'Rusty' MacDonald, who has never known any other vocation since a childhood spent in high-crime Victorian London reading 'The Masked Fist' comic books. But then his latest shameful case becomes something else entirely. A crime of incredible daring and ingenuity has just been committed under his nose. A girl's life is on the line. The criminal will stop at nothing. And after the worst possible first day on the case, numerous celebrity detectives begin flocking to the crime scene deep in the south of England. Rusty has a matter of hours to get the better of them, solve the case and strike a blow for ordinary private detectives everywhere. It's just that, when it comes to striking blows, he's not the only one on the prowl in the heart of the English countryside. The crime he's investigating may not yet be over; and Rusty cannot guarantee he won't be one of its victims... Perfect for fans of classic detective fiction by Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as modern revivals by Anthony Horowitz and Sophie Hannah and mystery novels by writers like M.C. Beaton, M.R.C. Kasasian, L.C. Tyler and Ian Sansom, The Age of Gold is a new must-read detective story that will have you on the edge of your seat into the small hours.
Author: Russell A. Fraser
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release Date: 2015-03-08
In this original and provocative book Russell Fraser has set himself no less a task than the description and interpretation of one of the signal "facts" of Western history—the breaking away of the present from the medieval past. He locates this break in England in the sixteenth century, and on the continent two hundred years earlier. Unafraid to synthesize, he weaves a rich fabric of quotations, allusions, and examples from art, music, philosophy, theology, and physical science to explain the cultural transition to the modern world. Although the author ranges from Plato to the present, his focus is concentrated on the major figures of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, especially Shakespeare, "the last and greatest of medieval artists." His intention is always to draw together and compare medieval. Renaissance, and contemporary attitudes so that the reader can see the past becoming the present, how and when this transformation occurred, and for what reasons. Originally published in 1973. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
"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...
Revised edition of Sotere Torregian's seminal book of poetry "The Age of Gold" (1976), retitled "The Age of Gold (Redux)," supplemented by a new section of other poems from that period that either were excluded due to the book's size limitations or now have been added. This edition includes for the first time three short yet relevant essays written by Sotere during this period, including one that was intended to serve as the original preface to the book. Will Alexander has written the introduction for this revised edition."
Author: George Lunt
Publisher: BiblioBazaar, LLC
Release Date: 2009-06
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.
Author: J. S. Holliday
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 1999
This book carries the story of the world's first gold rush from 1849 through the free-for-all decades of the 1860s and 70's and on to the climactic year 1884. J. S. Holliday describes California's transformation from the quietude of a Mexican hinterland to the forefront of entrepreneurial capitalism. He follows gold mining's swift evolution from treasure hunt to vast industry, traces the prodigal plunder of California's virgin rivers and abundant forests, and describes improvised feats of engineering, breathtaking in their scope and execution.
Author: Elizabeth Armstrong
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: 2009-06-18
Genre: Literary Criticism
The Age of Gold was one of the so-called 'commonplaces' inherited by the Renaissance from classical antiquity, a myth (taking many different forms) telling of an era of human happiness without war or want. Most writers used it as a convenient device, predicting its return as an age of peace and plenty upon the accession of a ruler or the signing of a treaty: others moralized it as a reformed or spiritually regenerated society. Elizabeth Armstrong's search for an answer to this question has entailed a study of a wide range of possible influences, classical, medieval and contemporary, and an examination of neglected areas of Ronsard's own vast literary output. Most of all an explanation is sought in his temperament and tastes, which made the theme of the Age of Gold at one period in his life a welcome vehicle for poetry expressing his love of freedom and his sensibility to untouched nature.
Author: Susan Lee Johnson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date: 2000
Captures the multiethnic, multicultural world of the California Gold Rush, in a richly textured social history that profiles the era's diverse and colorful characters, the evolution of a unique society, and the sources of our legends and myths about the Gold Rush. Reprint.
Author: Edward Ely Dunbar
Release Date: 1867
Edward Dunbar presents a brief history of California beginning with the arrival of the settlers, but he then quickly delves into the Mexican-American War and the struggles of the pioneers. After detailing the gold rush, he examines the long-term effects that it has had on the region.
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