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Author: Pierre Berton
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Title: The Klondike Fever: The Life and Death of the Last Great Gold Rush
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The Klondike Fever: The Life and Death of the Last Great Gold Rush by Pierre Berton



Pierre Berton has saved the legacy that is the Klondike gold rush by putting together perhaps the most complete compilation on the subject ever written. If you are looking for the one book that truly helps us understand what it must have been like for the stampeders, this is it. Berton lets the story of the gold rush tell itself, and it comes to life on every page and with every character that was a part of the history of the Klondike

The Klondike Fever book. Mr. Berton cultivates the readers imagination while not sparing the facts in his excellent history of the Yukon gold rush. Possibly the most captivating image he creates in the mind of the reader was the rush of excitement a miner felt when he/she found gold nuggets and In history, few things spark the imagination like "stampede" and "gold rush

This thrilling story is at once first-rate history and first-rate entertainment. Incredible events occurred in North America after a decrepit steamboat docked at Seattle in 1897 containing two tons of pure gold. So frenzied was the clash for gold and so scant was information about conditions in the Klondike that the rush for riches became a kind of fabulous madness.

Klondike The life and death of the last great gold rush by Pierre Berton.

The klondike gold rush WOW! Absolutely mindblowing. Just got back from Alaska and Yukon. the obstacles, the lack of preparation, the sickness of gold hunger, the insane gambling, present atwisted picture of poor men seeking funds to save the farm. It is like a spell they entered that changed who they were. A GREAT TESTAMENT TO human determanation and strength of will. wish I had read this years ago. wish this was better taught in school. Pierre B erton was the person who got me interested in Canadian history, he made ir come alive in his tv progRAM. His mother,s book is a great follow up. the book did not download on my computer.

Below the wet mosses of some of those creeks, the man in the poling-boat knew, there was gold. But in this summer of 1894 he had no more stomach for it. For twenty-three years he had been climbing the hills of the world and trudging down the valleys, picking away at quartz and panning the black sand of a thousand creekbeds. Always the gold had eluded him. He was a lighthouse-keeper's son from Big Island off the tattered coast of Nova Scotia, and he could scarcely remember the time when he had not thought of gold. As a child he had read.

For the steamer Portland bore two tons of pure Klondike gold. And immediately, the stampede north to Alaska began.

First published as Klondike, the life and death of the last great gold rush. Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, 1958. Bibliography: p. 446-457. Camera Canon 5D. City New York. Donor iscopubliclibrary. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. org on January 6, 2010.

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2010 Reprint of 1958 edition. This thrilling story of the Klondike Gold Rush is at once first-rate history and first-rate entertainment. Some of the anecdotes of the last great gold rush have been told by others, but Pierre Berton is the first to distill the Klondike experience into a single, complete, coherent and immensely dramatic narrative. He spent 12 years in Dawson City researching the work. The entire tale has an epic ring, as much because of its splendid folly as because of its color and motion. The full story has never been told before, nor has it been told in this dramatic way.
Reviews: 7
Agalas
Very worthwhile reading on the background to the largest gold rush in North America in terms of the number of stampeders who attempted to find gold. This is the 1958 version and has its own cultural perspective from the 1950's in terms of values and what was politically accepted at the time. All this lends authenticity to the era in which it was written. Because Mr. Berton's father was a stampeder, there is credibility in his perspective. The author also ties in the economic milieu in the U.S. and Canada at the time of the Klondike gold rush. With the U.S. having a great economic disparity between rich and poor and being on the brink of a recession, this particular gold rush infused cash into the economy and helped jump start the U.S. economy.
This definitive account of the Klondike gold rush is generally very compelling reading, though there is some redundancy in later chapters. Still, the detail that is added in the later chapters makes it worthwhile. The depiction of the true-to-life characters, the geography and the culture in the U.S. and many areas of Canada is captivating. Although the text is wonderful, the maps provided are pulled into the paperback binding, making them extremely difficult to read. Additionally, there are no photographs in this book, other than the front cover and the spine. If you get this book, there are photographic accounts of the Klondike gold rush, such as "The Klondike Gold Rush" by Graham Wilson, and for added dimension, Melanie Mayer's "Klondike Women" tells the story of the pioneering women who went to Dawson not as dance hall girls, but as entrepreneurs in real estate and provisions. Both those books fit very nicely with "The Klondike Fever," and are worth adding to your reading list. If you have an interest in the many gold rushes of North America, this is a must read.
Dolid
I ordered this Kindle edition to get more of an understanding of the experience of the Klondike gold rush after reading my grandfather's diaries that he kept while mining for gold on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska between 1898-1903. After reading this, it is clear that he made a wise choice in going where he did, rather than over the Chilkoot or White Pass trails into the Yukon. He came out if it with expenses barely covered and a stock certificate, now in my possession, entitling him to 300,000 shares of stock in his mining company at $1 per share, which he never saw a dime of. But back to the book - I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. The author's personal connection to the locale and the times, plus his extensive research and his engaging writing style, really conveys the intensity - and insanity - of this last great gold rush, and the people who put everything on the line to be a part of it, for better or worse (mostly worse). I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about this time in our history.
Xava
Pierre Berton has saved the legacy that is the Klondike gold rush by putting together perhaps the most complete compilation on the subject ever written. This book is superbly written with firsthand accounts and the utmost historical credibility. If you are looking for the one book that truly helps us understand what it must have been like for the stampeders, this is it. Berton lets the story of the gold rush tell itself, and it comes to life on every page and with every character that was a part of the history of the Klondike. If you buy this book you should consider purchasing Berton's companion to this which is called "The Klondike Quest A Photographic Essay." (ISBN# 978-1-55046-453-5) This book has an amazing amount of authentic photos from the gold rush that gives a visualization of what he writes about in Klondike Fever. I wholeheartedly recommend them both. Thank you Pierre Berton for both of these treasures, they are a piece of history that I will cherish for a lifetime!
Siatanni
This was an excellent read, filled with fascinating information and well-written. It was obviously well-researched. It was published in 1958, so the author had the opportunity to interview persons who had lived through the experience of the gold rush of 1897-8. Having recently visited some of the places described in the book, I could only wish that I had read this prior to going there. This is a must for any traveler to Alaska and the Klondike who is interested in history.
Ber
This is one of the most fascinating and well written books I have ever read. I love history books and primarily read non fiction though even the best history books can be dry at times. This masterpiece by Berton manages to tell every detail in a way that reads like an elaborate story throughout. I cannot put it down and once it's done I am reading everything else this author has written.
Hilarious Kangaroo
Awesome book. Visited Alaska August, 2016, followed the route from Skagway, Alaska up into the Canadian Yukon by bus and railroad, White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. The trip followed the same route as the gold prospectors in the late 1800's. Cannot imagine anyone traveling the route that we saw. Incredible. This book also covers other routes to the gold fields. Incredible conditions!
Fordregelv
I haven't finished the book yet - about three-quarters of the way through. But this is a real page-turner, and it does a terrific job bringing the Klondike Gold Rush to life for the reader. All of the stories are there that would be familiar to the casual student of that period, but there is so much more detail for the reader, plus any number of interesting "side stories" to the central Gold Rush narrative that one might be familiar with.
This is the 3rd time we've purchased this book (keep giving them away!) If you are even marginally interested in the Klondike goldrush, Alaskan history or the settlement of the Northwest, you will find this book fascinating. It is simplly unbelievable what human beings can do if theyare so inspired! Give it a read; you won't be sorry.