[E-Book] ↠ The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream | by ✓ H.W. Brands #2020

  • Title: The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream
  • Author: H.W. Brands
  • ISBN: 9780385720885
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback

  • The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream By H.W. Brands 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 Brand 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.
    H.W. Brands
    Henry William Brands was born in Portland, Oregon, where he lived until he went to California for college He attended Stanford University and studied history and mathematics After graduating he became a traveling salesman, with a territory that spanned the West from the Pacific to Colorado His wanderlust diminished after several trips across the Great Basin, and he turned to sales of a different sort, namely teaching For nine years he taught mathematics and history in high school and community college Meanwhile he resumed his formal education, earning graduate degrees in mathematics and history, concluding with a doctorate in history from the University of Texas at Austin He worked as an oral historian at the University of Texas Law School for a year, then became a visiting professor of history at Vanderbilt University In 1987 he joined the history faculty at Texas AM University, where he taught for seventeen years In 2005 he returned to the University of Texas, where he is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History and Professor of Government He has written twenty two books, coauthored or edited five others, and published dozens of articles and scores of reviews His books include Traitor to His Class, The Money Men, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American, TR, The Strange Death of American Liberalism, What America Owes the World, and The Devil We Knew His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic Monthly, the Smithsonian, the National Interest, the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, the Political Science Quarterly, American History, and many other newspapers, magazines and journals His writings have received critical and popular acclaim The First American was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Prize, as well as a New York Times bestseller The Age of Gold was a Washington Post Best Book of 2002 and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller Andrew Jackson was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2005 and a Washington Post bestseller What America Owes the World was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize in international affairs The Wages of Globalism was a Choice Outstanding Academic Book winner Lone Star Nation won the Deolece Parmelee Award He is a member of various honorary societies, including the Society of American Historians and the Philosophical Society of Texas He is a regular guest on national radio and television programs, and is frequently interviewed by the American and foreign press His writings have been published in several countries and translated into German, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

    The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream By H.W. Brands


    The Age of Gold is about the Gold discovery and the aftermath of it but it also is a history of the state of California California was seeded to the United States after the United States victory in the Mexican American War in 1848 Fortune immediately went to America when James Marshall, who operated a lumber mill, discovered gold dust in his vicinity in Coloma California Up until 1848 California contained few white people It was inhabited by mostly Mexican and Native Indian populations Most Amer [...]

    The Age of Gold is an enjoyable read on the Gold Rush in California and its national and global effects, told through the diaries, anecdotes, and legends of various individuals involved Academics and casual readers alike will enjoy this book, which is remarkably engaging both in substance and style.The book begins at Sutter s Fort and Sutter s Mill, the latter being the site at which the first gold was discovered Brands begins the setting in a narrative style, complete with picturesque scene set [...]

    Robert Melnyk
    I really enjoyed this book It deals with the California Gold Rush, but it is much than that It ties the gold rush into American and world history, the events that were happening at the time, and how the discovery of gold in California had an impact on these events One of these events discussed in the book was the building of the transcontinental railroad, which in itself is a fascinating story I highly recommend this book as well as Nothing Like it in the World The Men Who Build the Transcontin [...]

    I can honestly say that the depth of knowledge acquired during the reading of this book about the Gold Rush, was so profound and deep in comparison to anything I had known about the Gold Rush prior to reading this book.Knowledge about Gold RushPrior to reading this book 1 ter reading this book 99%This is the only book you will ever need to purchase on the Gold Rush Also, Mr Brands is such a fantastic writer I still remember Jesse Benton picking up her skirt to cross through Guatemala in route to [...]

    The first half of this book is fascinating and really enables you to understand the enormous courage that was needed by those first explorers Unfortunately the second half then just becomes a list of political wrangling, moves and countermoves Had this book continued along the human interest theme I would have rated it much higher Read the first half and forget the second.

    Aric Cushing
    Brands was a finalist for the Pulitzer for his book on Abraham Lincoln This book follows in the same line with incredible anecdotes of adventurers making their way to California from France, Australia, Mexico, etc Brands weaves all these amazing stories while keeping your interest about how CA shaped the industry we know today, as well as pushed our country into the Civil War circuitously This book is riveting, and packed with details From Leland Stanford and the railroad monopoly, the well know [...]

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    I like to read books about the places I visit That s why I picked The Age of Gold It came highly recommended and it did not disappoint.Gold is found during the building of Sutter s Mill in California People began to flood into California, risking death, willing to sacrifice everything for a chance to get rich.Brands hones in on his characters Sutter, young men headed to California from all parts, Stanford, Hearst until the book feels like a novel than a history book I m looking forward to seein [...]

    Gary Sedivy
    This is a great book, full of nickel knowledge Great telling of how the discovery of gold in California changed not only the U.S but the whole world We see how San Francisco developed how much serendipity is almost the equal of hard work and effort how people who bluff their way through and succeed, or bluff their way and run smack into the brick wall We see the famous Fremont and the obscure I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    Brands is such a terrific storyteller.What I really liked about this book is how it takes an event like the discovery of Gold in California at Sutter s Mill and shows how it influenced major aspects of American history like the Transcontinental Railroad, expansion of the U.S Compromise of 1850, Civil War, Gold Standard and even the American spirit.But the heart of the book is its people and stories and in that regard, this book excels.

    A highly readable account of the California Gold Rush The book discusses several of the key personalities of the era walking through San Francisco, I can now match a street name to a historical figure It also goes into the struggles of several families both the journey and their lives in the mines Though a 500 page book, it was a fast read I enjoyed his writing style.

    Well written and documented The author has tied in many quotes from personal journals of people who witnessed or participated in the events described The scope of the book goes well beyond the title subject to present a complete picture of the impact of the discovery well beyond California and the U.S.

    Pretty good history of the California gold rush Brands is known as the guy that did the excellent Benjamin Franklin biography The book uses correspondences from 49ers and other to piece together a delightful history that reads like a narrative.

    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

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

    Aaron Plunk
    great book with lots of good information about the goldrush and the effects it had on not only California but the young country.

    Steve Shilstone
    Plenty of particular personal tales stud this sweeping history of what happened after the cry from California of Gold on the American River made its way around the world.

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

    Perhaps it s because I ve recently moved to Sacramento area, but I found the Gold Rush CA history in this book fascinating Many interesting smaller stories within this well written book.

    The California Gold Rush is known as one of the most iconic time periods in American history not only because of the economic boom that it brought west but because of the idealistic American values that came with it Manifest Destiny is an idea that has caressed the minds of some of the greatest people in history These people have been in different circumstances and no two experiences are exactly alike Even though the term was coined in the United States it is still an ideal that has been passed [...]

    George Dziuk
    I ve always found the gold rush to be a fascinating time This massive sea of people all hell bent on getting rich quick and how that jumpstarted the creation of California as a state H.W Brands does a good job of explaining what that was like in Age of Gold I found the first two book sections concerning the race to California by the estimated 250,000 Argonauts and their life mining within the placers during the heydays of the early rush to be the most interesting Brands describes both the sea go [...]

    Andrew Canfield
    The Age of Gold is the second H.W Brands book I have read, and this one was no less masterfully written than the first The University of Texas Austin based history professor is able to write in a way that hooks readers, mixing in anecdotes and historical facts in a way that doesn t become repetitive or a chore to read.This book focuses primarily on the late 1840s early 1850s Gold Rush in and to what was then the territory of California It begins by telling about journeys both across the U.S and [...]

    Terry Tucker
    Informative Alarmingly CaptivatingThis is a focused and sweeping history of California that essentially begins with the Gold Rush of 1848 The author uses an abundance of primary sources to present this thesis that the Gold Rush profoundly changed American and World History This is a compelling history The intersection of the lives of so many people, institutions and events is nothing short of astonishing Sutter, Marshall, Fremont, Stanford, Sherman, Hearst and Hoover all known in American histor [...]

    This Was Great Brands has a way of making the most minute details immediate and salient His use of seemingly small individual stories to illustrate some of the biggest events in American history create connections that vividly illustrate the history of the Gold Rush, of California, of the Mormons, of the transcontinental railroad, of the American banking system, and of so much , while also hooking the reader on a deeply emotional level Like after finishing a great novel, I find myself bereft, ha [...]

    This is a very in depth exploration of not only the gold rush, but also the settling of California as a state As such, it is very educational and informative I read it while on vacation in that area of California, so I found it very helpful as I explored and learned about the region It s not a fast or an easy read, but it s worth the time if you really want to learn about the people, the places and the great changes happening.

    Peter C Lyon
    This book is a cascading good time and a fun read I bought it because I m highly fond of Brands, as I ve read this books on Andrew Jackson and the Lone Star Republic The research was exceptional.The strongest part was the relationship between California, the national debate on slavery, and gripping micro stories such as that of Archy, the runaway slave.

    Brands writes simple straightforward histories, but the story of the gold rush is not a simple story It is many stories, of men mostly from all over heading to California, to the politics of California, and the country through the civil war, to the economics of gold, and then silver in Nevada Brands tells the tale without relish, but with plenty of spice Real gold.

    In addition to the Gold Rush this books clarifies the origination of the State of California The players in this saga are names we all know as Californians and are enriched by this historical perspective.

    Kyle Anderson
    Some really interesting sections, entertaining when it follows the human interest aspects of the gold rush Lost interest in places where it tries to build too much of a peripheral picture.

    helen osborn
    A wonderful book for the California history lover.

    Really enjoy H W Brands books.

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