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Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike by [Gray, Charlotte]
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About the Author

Charlotte Gray, one of Canada s pre-eminent biographers and historians, has won many awards for her work, including the prestigious Pierre Berton Award for a body of historical writing, the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, the Ottawa Book Award and the CAA Birks Family Foundation Award for Biography. over nine books, she has brought our past to life. Gray is a Member of the order of Canada and was a panelist on the 2013 edition of CBC Radio s Canada Reads. She lives in Ottawa.

Steven Cooper is a reporter for WKMG TV in Orlando. A native of Boston, he is also the author of With You in Spirit and Saving Valencia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4183 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (September 10, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 10, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042X9WLY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,264 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Gold Diggers is really three books in one: a short primer on the Klondike, a book about business and the economy, and a story about how far some are willing to go in pursuit of their dreams.

As a primer on the Klondike, it offers a fascinating account of the last great gold rush in world history. Gray writes in a descriptive and evocative style, with a focus on a diverse set of characters and their intriguing personal journeys to the North.

The story is also a kind of microcosm of the business world -- showing how economies quickly grow, flourish, and suddenly collapse, all as a consequence of the ebb and flow of information. It's also a story about how cunning entrepreneurs build businesses that become monopolies, which eventually fold or get bought out by larger entities, in the perennial flow of big capital and the more complicated politics of empire.

But more than anything, the book testifies to the strength of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming odds. We see this in the formidable journey that prospectors endured from the Alaskan coast, through the Yukon interior, to Dawson city -- a journey over treacherous mountain passes, violent river rapids, and countless miles of trail in the freezing cold. We also see it in the conditions suffered during winter on the creeks, where temperatures would dip as low as sixty or seventy below zero, food was scarce, and daylight hours few.

Often character here is destiny, with cunning or determination making all the difference in how things turn out. But just as often, it isn't. So, while many become rich or famous at the end of it, many more come away empty-handed or broken-hearted, or die somewhere along the way, frozen and alone in the wilderness.

Gold Diggers is a moving and illuminating story, both historically unique and universal. It holds many riches in store, just waiting to be discovered.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is such a great chronicle of the various Klondike gold rushes that it definitely stands together with some of the great books that have been written about the Klondike/Yukon experience. The information abut Jack London and his role in making the myths of the Yukon is just indispensable. If you think you know something about Jack London and how he did in the Klondike, I think you will be surprised by what Ms Gray digs up about London and his time in the Klondike.

The other characters, and their adventures, fairly jump off the page, with their bravado and spirit as real as a chilly Klondike breeze. The idea of a place so free and wild captures the imagination, and Ms. Gray manages to paint these word pictures with a freshness and vividness that you can really feel. The feeling of adventure and "gold fever" leaps from Ms Gray's pages. It is truly a funny and fun read, which is difficult to accomplish in what is essentially a history book.

So read this one if you want to know why people went there and what they found. I guarantee you will go away with an admiration and respect for these brave souls that you will remember long after you have finished this incredible book!!!
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Format: Hardcover
This wonderfully told tale will transport you to the Yukon's Dawson City and the Klondike gold rush to see it the way it really was. Gray weaves the well-researched stories of her characters, real people, into a fascinating and historically accurate account of this legendary gold rush. There is no glossing over the raw side of this far northern boomtown with gold seekers, prostitutes, priests, and canny business people enduring physical demands beyond imagining as they confront raging rivers, bitter cold, mud, and privation in their search for riches. I heartily recommend this book.
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In Gold Diggers, published in 2010, author Charlotte Gray crafts a fascinating history of the Klondike Gold Rush. Covering the period from June 1896 to the Summer of ‘99, Gray charts the trajectory of gold fever in the Yukon Territory from its boom to its bust. I first became aware of this book through the television miniseries Klondike, a highly fictionalized adaptation produced for the Discovery Channel (which is very good, by the way; rent it if you haven’t seen it). I’m a huge fan of the author Jack London and his stories and essays about the Klondike. I was eager to learn the truth behind the fiction, and Gray’s account does not disappoint. The real history that she presents in Gold Diggers is every bit as exciting, fascinating, and incredible as London’s wildest literary interpretations.

Gray approaches the subject as a group biography, intertwining the lives of six diverse Gold rush participants: prospector Bill Haskell, author Jack London, entrepreneur Belinda Mulrooney, Jesuit priest Father William Judge, British journalist Flora Shaw, and Officer Sam Steele of the North-West Mounted Police. Although these six larger-than-life personages get the most attention, there are plenty of supporting characters that stand out as well, from government bureaucrats to newspaper editors to dance hall girls to “Klondike Kings” who struck it rich. In fact, it’s often difficult to remember who Gray’s six primary subjects are, because what really comes through is the story of a community. Gold Diggers is first and foremost the biography of a town: Dawson City. Gray relates the life of this remote mining outpost from its origins as a mud flat at the confluence of two rivers to its dubious distinction as the “Paris of the North” to its eventual mass abandonment in favor of the next big score.
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