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The Bonanza King: John MacKay and the Battle Over the Greatest Riches in the American West (Hardcover)

| Scribner Book Company | 6/19/2018

ISBN-10 : 1501108190   ISBN-13 : 9781501108198   List Price : $30.00

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The true rags-to-riches American frontier tale of an Irish immigrant who outwits, outworks, and outmaneuvers thousands of rivals to take control of Nevada’s Comstock Lode?the rich body of gold and silver so immensely valuable that it changed the destiny of the United States.

Born in 1831, John W. Mackay was a penniless Irish immigrant who came of age in New York City, went to California during the Gold Rush, and mined without much luck for eight years. When he heard rumors of riches made on the other side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1859, Mackay abandoned his claim and walked a hundred miles to what became known as the Comstock Lode in Nevada.

Over the course of the next dozen years, Mackay worked his way up from nothing, thwarting the pernicious “Bank Ring” monopoly to seize control of the most concentrated cache of precious metals ever found on earth, the legendary “Big Bonanza,” a stupendously rich body of gold and silver ore discovered 1,500 feet beneath the streets of Virginia City, the ultimate Old West boomtown. But for the ore to be worth anything it had to be found, claimed, and successfully extracted, each step requiring enormous risk and the creation of an entirely new industry.

Now Gregory Crouch tells Mackay’s full amazing story, from the way he figured out how to extract the ore from deep underground (sparking America’s first technological age) to how he used his vast mining fortune to crush the transatlantic telegraph monopoly of the notorious Jay Gould. When Mackay died in 1902, front-page obituaries in Europe and the United States hailed him as one of the most admired Americans of the age. Featuring great period photographs and maps, The Bonanza King is a dazzling tour de force, a riveting history of Virginia City, Nevada, the Comstock Lode, and America itself.

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 1501108190
  • ISBN-13: 9781501108198
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 384
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