Paul Johnson

Mineral Madness

The Age Of Gold: The Story Of An Obsession That Swept The World

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The story of the great gold rush to California in 1849-50 has been told before, many times. Brands tells it again, at length and in fascinating detail. But he also sees it as the detonator of the mining revolution which placed gold right at the centre of the world’s wealth-machinery.

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