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The Klondike Fever: The Life and Death of the Last Great Gold Rush

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In 1897 a grimy steamer docked in Seattle and set into epic motion the incredible succession of events that Pierre Berton's exhilarating The Klondike Fever chronicles in all its splendid and astonishing folly. For the steamer Portland bore two tons of pure Klondike gold. And immediately, the stampede north to Alaska began. Easily as many as 100,000 adventurers, dreamers, and would-be miners from all over the world struck out for the remote, isolated gold fields in the Klondike Valley, most of them in total ignorance of the long, harsh Alaskan winters and the territory's indomitable terrain. Less than a third of that number would complete the enormously arduous mountain journey to their destination. Some would strike gold. Berton's story belongs less to the few who would make their fortunes than to the many swept up in the gold mania, to often unfortunate effects and tragic ends. It is a story of cold skies and avalanches, of con men and gamblers and dance hall girls, of sunken ships, of suicides, of dead horses and desperate men, of grizzly old miners and millionaires, of the land — its exploitation and revenge. It is a story of the human capacity to dream, and to endure.

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eglazier, September 2, 2011 (view all comments by eglazier)
The story of the Klondike gold rush of 1896, the last great gold rush of our time. It is not the gold that is interesting but the actions made by those who left home and searched for it and what they did aftre they found it. It is the story of people so caught up in the craze for the riches that the whole range of humanity is displayed for us. We read of bravery, the overcoming of great hardship, the ignorance of what the seekers would find so far north, and the enormous difficulties of getting there. All of the human attributes, including all the base ones, are pictured for us to see. Best of all it is a story with endings that we look forward to as the story unfolds.
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ISBN:
9780786713172
Author:
Berton, Pierre
Publisher:
Carroll & Graf Publishers
Location:
New York
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Canada - General
Subject:
History - Canada - General
Subject:
Klondike River Valley
Subject:
World History-Canada
Copyright:
Edition Description:
2nd Carroll & Graf trade paperback ed.
Series Volume:
4143A
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
494
Dimensions:
825x550

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