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Stampede for Gold - The Story of the Klondike Rush
Stampede for Gold The Story of the Klondike Rush

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Gold Fever!

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.

Author's Note:
"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

About the Landmark series:
For over half a century, Landmark books have been an important part of home libraries. Jam-packed with exciting stories and adventures, the Landmark series is known as the first historical series for kids. Teaching parents continue to trust the Landmark name to engage their children with accurate information on well-known people and interesting periods in American history. The variety of subjects; action-filled, story-like narratives; large and clear print; and reasonable prices make the Landmark series an excellent and enjoyable way to learn more about history.

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.

Publisher's Information
Author: Pierre Berton
Pages: 180
Binding: Paperback
Copyright: 2007
ISBN: 9781402751219
Publisher: Sterling Point Books
Size: 5 1/2" X 8 1/4"

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Stampede for Gold November 1, 2010
Reviewer: Misty Marr from Buckeye, AZ United States  
I give Stampede for Gold - The Story of the Klondike Rush a 3 star only, not because I found it offensive or inappropriate, but because I found it quite boring.  We saw the same scenario over and over.  They searched for gold.  They were cold and hungry.  They found gold and were rich.  They lost everything and were poor again.  Repeat again, and again, and again.  Of course each repeat were different towns, different situations and different details, I felt like the book was stuck in a rut.  I found it hard to differentiate the different places, and it seemed to all mush into one.   However, for someone that wanted to study the details of the Gold Rush, they may find it interesting, and this does seem to be more of a "boy book."

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