- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Lempi Publishing (October 6, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0990659100
- ISBN-13: 978-0990659105
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,014,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A refreshingly enjoyable read. [W]here "Mesabi Pioneers" thrills is in its dramatic imagination of what people faced in the wilds of 1890s Mountain Iron." -Aaron Brown, Hibbing Daily Tribune, minnesotabrown.com
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That being written – this book was really fascinating. I believe because it was all so new to me and so very well written I found myself completely lost in the story. It’s really not at all as dry as it sounds. The characters are well developed and darn interesting. The conflict between the white immigrants and the Native Americans was very real and it caused issues all over the country as we well know from history.
It was a time for dreamers and for making money. It was a time when if you worked hard you really could achieve the American Dream. At least as it was manifesting in this time period. These men who brought their ideas to fruition were thought to be crazy but they believed. All of that is so well expressed in this book – all of the hope and all of the hard work and yes the failures that went along with it are there in a very compelling read.
I received a free copy for my honest review
This story was amazing. Having been born and raised in Minnesota and having visited the Iron Range and North Shore it was very interesting to hear about life back when it all started. I have been in mine in Soudan and have seen what working conditions could be like and know how cold winters can be.
The authors did a fantastic job of incorporating fact with fiction to make an entertaining story. I was so interested in Arthur and how he thought and felt I feel like I know him and his family. I felt let down when the story was over because I wasn't ready for the story to end. This was a story that could have been 400 pages longer and it still would have felt too short.
I highly recommend picking up a copy and reading the story.
Smith adeptly brings the characters to life such that the reader easily roots for Arthur's success and can practically smell Housell's greasy apron and boozy breath.
The story of Mountain Iron is compelling. We see the American spirit taking hold in these new immigrants. We watch capitalism gaining ground in the mine's founder, Lon Merritt. And we hope all involved achieve the American dream.
Smith's novel is so beautifully told that the pages fly by, and if you don't keep reading, you will find yourself awake in the night wondering how things turn out.