In 1895, two prospectors discovered gold in the Yukon Territory in the far north of Canada. When news of their find was published in newspapers around the world, it set off a frenzy that would bring tens of thousands of fortune-seekers to that hostile, frozen land. Leaving families and jobs behind, men infected with gold fever ventured up raging rivers and across snowy mountains into a land so inhospitable that it took the lives of many.
Author Pierre Berton was raised in the Yukon Territories and heard the incredible tales of survival first-hand. Of the 100,000 men involved in the rush, only a small handful could show a profit, but for those that survived it was the adventure of a lifetime.
"This story of one of history's strangest mass movements is as faithful an account as the author can make it on the events as they occurred between 1896 and 1899.
Nothing has been invented and nothing has been fictionalized.
Conversations and dialogue where they occur are reproduced as reported by people who were there, either in interviews with the author, in diaries, or in published reports." - Pierre Berton
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Extremely popular in the 1950s and 1960s, while these are all secular titles the fact that they were written as many as fifty years ago ensures their wholesomeness, as much as any book pertaining to the lives of mortal men can be wholesome.