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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Western History Publications (September 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931832218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931832212
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Essie M. Jernigan on May 26, 2011
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Having grown up in Montana, I have always wanted to read this book because I wanted to see how the Anaconda Co. took possesion of the copper mine in Butte. My parents had read it when we moved to Montana, but wouldn't let me read it due to my age at the time. This book captivates you from the start and it is hard to put down. It really grasps the West at that time and how hard it was back then. This is one book I will keep and read again.
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Marcus Daley and William Clark used money, gangs, politics, and propaganda to battle over the mineral riches of Montana and made themselves the richest men on earth in the process. Fascinating story of self made men.
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I always wondered about the origin of western movies bent for violence. The War of the Copper Kings provides an excellent insite into the real wild old West. Within the opening chapters of the book, the author tells of bad guys taking over the town and then the local folks deciding they have had enough of the bad guys, forming a vigilance committee, arresting the bad guys, trying them and then hanging them. That's the wild west of the movies.

The book never lets up on tales of conflict between the good guys, the bad guys and the filthy rich guys. The book is easy reading and very intersting. I decided to read the book after a couple of visits to Butte. I had no reference into why there would be so many head frames in one location until reading the book and realizing what a wild and whooly place Butte was in its hey day. The Butte of 2012 really is ghost of its former glory.

The book was originally written while many of the actual characters of the mining camp days were still living, albiet, as elderly gentlemen with vivid memories of wilder days. The author does an outstanding job of making the conflicts between the three wealthiest Butte developers, Daly, Clark and Heinze come alive.

If you are looking for an interesting history of making wealth in the gilded age, this is an excellent book on a small part of the wealth of America at the beginning of the 20th century. This book also ties into the greed and dark history of the Standard Oil Company. For more on the tycoons of this era, I would also reccommend "The Tycoons" by Charles Morris who briefly touches on some of the relationships of the tycoons and Butte's history.The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy
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I bought it for my husband. We went to Butte, MT last July for Evel Knievel days and wanted to learn more about this city. He really enjoyed the book but said at times it was hard to keep track of the different names.
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I saw a reference to this book on a Maverick episode. I looked it up and it seemed interesting. I was pleasantly surprised it was in Kindle. It was only a couple of dollars and I bought it. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read and very informative. It was part history and part biographical and just a very compelling read. One story in the book made me laugh so hard I nearly ruptured myself. That alone was worth the two dollars or so.
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Very interesting, well done. Easy reading and good historical perspective. This book looks not only at Montana history but covers the industrial leaders policies of that area.
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If you know anything about Butte, this book is like reading a gossip column from the time of the Copper Kings. It tells the stories of giants like Marcus Daly, William .A. Clark and F. Augustus Heinze and the many colorful characters in Butte in the 1800's. If Montana history is your cup of tea, you'll find this one fun read.
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I grew up in Anaconda,MT and I am very familiar with the longstanding battle between Clark and Daly and Butte and Anaconda! The book reads well and held my interest throughout! I found many interesting facts that I did not know! A very good read!
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