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

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Basic Books, 2003 - History - 457 pages
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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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I made it about halfway through this well-written and well-paced account of the events of 1898ish in the Yukon Valley before I landed in Alaska, and I found it had helped orient me to the topography ... Read full review

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In history, few things spark the imagination like "stampede" and "gold rush." Mr. Berton cultivates the readers imagination while not sparing the facts in his excellent history of the Yukon gold rush ... Read full review

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Pierre Berton -- formerly an editor of Maclean's magazine, a columnist for the Toronto Star, and host on television of The Pierre Berton Show -- is a playwright and the award-winning Canadian author of more than three dozen titles, including Farewell to the Twentieth Century and My Times: Living with History 1917-1995. He lives in Ontario

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