A close-up and fast-paced look at the California gold rush.

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"Dolnick skillfully peppers his account with dozens of first-person quotations and experiences, though his focus is on the hopes, journeys and realities of five varied but engaging individuals."

"Dolnick has succeeded admirably in in putting a decidedly personal face on ... an episode that changed America."

The New York Times

"Rich with first-person accounts and studded with surprises, The Rush will please readers looking for a breezy, compact narrative."

The Wall Street Journal

"Readers new to Gold Rush history will find a bonanza here—and for old hands, Dolnick provides enough fresh interpretation to keep the pages turning."

Kirkus Review

"Dolnick's compulsively readable story is one that's rarely been told better."

"New in its color and descriptive riches ... Dolnick tapped into the diaries and memoirs of men and women of the era to bring brilliantly alive the experiences of so many thousands."

Publisher's Weekly

"Edward Dolnick's new book The Rush is fantastic ... Dolnick is a rare breed among popular historians. His prose isn't only smart and lively. It's also just plain fun to read thanks to his wit and appreciation for masterful storytellers."

Christian Science Monitor