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“A freakishly charming travel memoir of a man just like you: intelligent, curious, motivated, fun, and intentionally positive. With those traits, zero gold-locating skills, and some huge balls, Boggan sets out on a humongous adventure: searching for gold in the American West. ”—Library Journal, "Books for Dudes"After the Financial Crisis, the price of gold reached peaks ne“A freakishly charming travel memoir of a man just like you: intelligent, curious, motivated, fun, and intentionally positive. With those traits, zero gold-locating skills, and some huge balls, Boggan sets out on a humongous adventure: searching for gold in the American West. ”—Library Journal, "Books for Dudes"After the Financial Crisis, the price of gold reached peaks never before seen in history. All over the world, particularly in the US, people with no experience of prospecting began shopping for shovels, pickaxes, gold pans, tents, generators, and all manner of equipment they had no idea how to use. And off they went mining.In 2013, Steve Boggan decided he wanted a piece of the action, flying to San Francisco to join the 21st century’s gold rush in a quest to understand the allure of the metal — and maybe find a bit for himself, too. The result is GOLD FEVER, a travelogue like no other. Boggan also takes readers back in time to the original San Franciscan gold rush, two centuries ago, and gets a crash course in the science and economics of gold. Written with Boggan’s characteristic wit and self-effacing charm, GOLD FEVER is a hugely entertaining travelogue....

Title : Gold Fever: One Man's Adventures on the Trail of the Gold Rush
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ISBN : 9781780746968
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Gold Fever: One Man's Adventures on the Trail of the Gold Rush Reviews

  • Kimberly
    2019-05-21 05:59

    Fascinating adventure. I enjoyed learning about the California Gold Rush and the narrator's quiet introspection during his modern day trek through those same paths was provocative.I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think that what I secretly like best about the book is when you read a story of someone's bravery in shedding all of the trappings of their current reality in order to pursue a dream. I often fantasize about leaving all I have behind and striking out on a personal adventure, but never am able to break my own bonds of responsibility. Kudos to those that do.

  • Laura
    2019-05-05 12:21

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week:Gold - for centuries people have been entranced by the riches it promises, thousands have gone wild in their search for it, and since the Financial Crisis the price of gold has reached peaks never seen in history. All over the world, particularly in the US, people with no experience of prospecting began shopping for shovels, pickaxes, gold pans, tents, generators, and all manner of equipment they had no idea how to use. And off they went mining.Steve Boggan decided to follow in their footsteps. In 2013 he packed his bags and flew to San Francisco to join the 21st century's gold rush (the 'New 49ers') in a quest to understand the allure of the metal - and maybe find a bit for himself too.He meets a selection of colourful characters - those who left desk jobs and family life behind to work by the river in scorching heat and fresh mountain air, in the hope of striking it rich. Most of them only make enough money to scrape a living, but Steve is surprised how happy they seem to be. From them, he gets a crash course in small-scale prospecting.He also takes us back in time to the original gold rush, two centuries ago, tracing the path of the first intrepid 49ers (in particular, a woman called Sarah Royce and her family) who abandoned their roots and trekked thousands of miles across perilous terrain, risking death for the chance of riches.Readers: Paul Ritter and Sara MarklandAbridged by Libby SpurrierProducer: Joanna Green

  • Jenna DeFrei
    2019-05-22 08:16

    What an interesting book, and one I thoroughly enjoyed! Steve Boggan, an English journalist, flew to California during the second Gold Rush, which commenced in 2011 when gold prices skyrocketed. When they neared $2000 an ounce in 2012, he decided he wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Was it really so easy to strike it rich? What follows is a travelogue of his adventures, interspersed with the history of gold, especially the original Gold Rush. Boggan follows the trail of 2 Argonauts, one of which is one of the very few women to head to California in the 1800s. I really didn't know much about the Gold Rush, and this was extremely interesting and informative! Boggan's writing is reminiscent of Bill Bryson's, light-hearted and witty, whilst packed full of information. I'll never look at gold the same way again!***I received this book complementary through Goodreads, in exchange for my honest review.***

  • Randal White
    2019-05-01 06:57

    There's Gold In Them Thar' Hills! Boggan, an author and Englishman, set off on a quest to the United States to try to understand the allure of gold. Living as a "prospector" for several months, he learned to pan for gold in the streams of California. Along the way, he learned, and recounts in the book, about the history of the original "49'ers" gold rush of the mid-1800's, the economics of gold, and the modern-day quests for gold. He also met a wide variety of characters, and vividly describes his interactions with them. As he tries to understand what gold "fever" was, he continuously examines his own feelings, finding that he, too, can feel himself drifting off into the "fever". Excellently written, you cannot help but feel the pull of the search for gold yourself. The book is very thoughtfully written, yet entertaining and great fun. Highly recommended!

  • Bettie☯
    2019-05-12 12:17

    BOTWhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05v7tbtDescription: Gold - for centuries people have been entranced by the riches it promises, thousands have gone wild in their search for it, and since the Financial Crisis the price of gold has reached peaks never seen in history. All over the world, particularly in the US, people with no experience of prospecting began shopping for shovels, pickaxes, gold pans, tents, generators, and all manner of equipment they had no idea how to use. And off they went mining.Steve Boggan decided to follow in their footsteps. In 2013 he packed his bags and flew to San Francisco to join the 21st century's gold rush (the 'New 49ers') in a quest to understand the allure of the metal - and maybe find a bit for himself too.He meets a selection of colourful characters - those who left desk jobs and family life behind to work by the river in scorching heat and fresh mountain air, in the hope of striking it rich. Most of them only make enough money to scrape a living, but Steve is surprised how happy they seem to be. From them, he gets a crash course in small-scale prospecting.He also takes us back in time to the original gold rush, two centuries ago, tracing the path of the first intrepid 49ers (in particular, a woman called Sarah Royce and her family) who abandoned their roots and trekked thousands of miles across perilous terrain, risking death for the chance of riches. 1/5: Having bought the necessary equipment, the author sets out in search of gold. 2/5: Dave Mack shows some 'extreme' prospecting. 3/5: In deep water 4/5: The author heads out alone to the North Yuba river. 5/5: Steve witnesses the darker side of gold fever, and finally tracks down 'the guy'.

  • Andrew
    2019-05-02 09:19

    "Gold Fever" traces an Englishman's trek across the gold country of California (and a bit of southern Oregon). For those who have been in places like Happy Camp, CA, it reflects the sub-culture of the "New 49ers" who are the modern prospectors still chasing the paystreaks today. You could be in Happy Camp or Liberty, WA or in the wilds of Alaska but you'll find the same types of people dredging and panning for gold.Steve Boggan mixes his personal tale in with three accounts of the original 49ers: * Sarah Royce, who left with her family to travel overland April 30, 1849. She and her family came close to meeting the same fate as the Donner Party but were lucky to be assisted by soldiers and other westbound families. The Royces would make their fortune in providing services to miners, rather than in mining.* Wiliam Swain, who set off on April 11, 1849, leaving his wife and child behind in western New York. Both Swain and the Royces went overland.* John Borthwick, a Scotsman, who would travel the Panama route and arrive in San Francisco by ship.Boggan isn't the first to mine the diaries and accounts of the 1849 Gold Rush: it was also done in books like "The Rush: America's Fevered Quest for Fortune, 1848-1853" by by Edward Dolnick (who also includes the Sarah Royce accounts). But he melds the stories well.Borthwick, upon his return east in the 1850s felt that his time in California was sufficient to make a man's education and make him worldly. Borthwick writes, "Those come from New York (heading to the goldfields) ... seemed to think that each man could do just as he pleased, without regard to the comfort of his neighbours, They showed no accommodating spirit but rumbled at everything and were rude and surly in their manners.""The same men, owever, on their return from California, were perfect gentlemen in comparison. They were orderly in behaviour; though rought, there wre not rude, and showed great consideration for others, submitting cheerfully to any personal inconvenience necessary for the common good."

  • Susan Walker
    2019-05-14 11:04

    I am a native Californian who loves anything English. So what can be better than the story of an Englishman who starts panning for gold in California in the current times. This is a wonderfully written book and I highly recommend it!

  • Janice
    2019-05-15 06:11

    This was an engaging read. It was a fun mix of history and modern exploration. It makes me want to pan the bags of sand in my garage.

  • Douglas Lord
    2019-05-18 11:10

    This is a freakishly charming travel memoir of a man just like you: intelligent, curious, motivated, fun, and intentionally positive. With those traits, zero gold-locating skills, and some huge balls, Boggan sets out on a humongous adventure: searching for gold in the American West. Boggan, a journalist, writes with that special panache that sparks readers to keep reading, and his story answers the questions that readers actually want to know, such as Q: How does one file a claim and how much does that cost? A: At the nearest Bureau of Land Management office; $368. Like many personal quests, Boggan has a lot to say about the relationships he forms along the way, and these will warm your cold, dead soul. Like about Terry and JoAnne, retired gold and gem seekers who “spent much of their time just being happy” RV’ing their way across the Western United States following sunshine and being “permanently cheerful.” Boggan’s dry, understated humor lends the just-right touch to his undertaking, such as wondering if his timing “…might be a bit off, perhaps by as much as two hundred years” and the experience practically Americanizes the Brit, who soon makes statements like, “[t]he next morning was crisp, blue-skied and full of promise.” Boggan also intersperses fantastic facts about the original gold rush throughout, such as that in 1849 as many as 300,000 souls hit the Sierra Nevada mountains to prospect and that “…seventy-five per cent of all the men in California had abandoned their livelihoods and homes and headed off to the goldfields.” VERDICT An excellent writer telling a fun and interesting story, Boggan is also a sly fox on one’s chances at prospecting: “You’re probably not going to strike it rich,” he says. “But you just might.”Find reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes, Books for Dudes, the online reader's advisory column for men from Library Journal. Copyright Library Journal.

  • Marty
    2019-05-02 11:15

    I received this book as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.In this book the author, Steve Boggan, chronicles his adventures in his search for Gold. Steve is a British Journalist who makes his way to America to cover a modern day gold rush. During the recession of the late 2000s a small number of Americans took to the streams and rivers of Califronia in hopes of finding a little "color" in the bottom of their gold pans. Steve is a self-admitted neophyte when it comes to finding gold. He partners up with a number of characters along the way. These characters become his mentors and friends. The book oscillates between tales of his own adventure and tales of those that braved the original Gold Rush in the 1840s and 1850s. The interjection of his own story keeps the history from becoming dull and boring.Throughout the course of his adventure Steve finds for himself what I'm sure every other gold seeker finds. The addiction of the hunt is strong and keeps him craving more and more regardless of the outcome.This was a fun read for me. I enjoy tales of outdoor adventure and esoteric hobbies. This book had plenty of both.

  • Kevin Payne
    2019-05-16 06:58

    Good mix of first hand experiences and reporting of historical information. The easiest gold to find was mined out in the first 3 years following the initial rush. However people are still able to return to the area and still can pull out more gold with more or less success. Extreme and innovative techniques are used like going into rushing rivers with weights to weigh the miner down so he isn't swept away. All the gold taken out from the rush would fit into a cage measuring 7x7x7. Many of the people that came out after the best spots were already claimed got into the business of "Mining the miners." Any business catering to them could charge outrageous sums of money for food/tools/drink etc.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-28 03:59

    It's pretty amusing when an Englishman decides to go join the Gold Rush. Especially when it is the 21st Century. "Gold Rush" tells us the history of the 49'ers, their plans and schemes and some great stories of individuals who struck it rich - for awhile. It also tells us about modern-day prospectors who use technology to help them find their goal. Tiny slivers, hopefully some decent nuggets and not injuries are their plan. There is a really funny paragraph about bears; stories of extreme prospecting and going about thing sin the usual way. All told with typical British humor.A good book for history buffs, would-be gold hunters and just for something to read.

  • Embrosewyn Tazkuvel
    2019-05-18 10:56

    Entertaining and informative. Wove interesting, little known historical facts relating to the 49ers gold rush days into the current day offbeat travel narrative of a man from England prospecting for gold in the 2000's in the haunts of the old 49er miners. His descriptions of the modern 49ers he met that showed him the secrets to still finding gold today were great.

  • Janis
    2019-04-26 06:09

    A few years ago, Steve Boggan got the gold bug – and left his home in London to camp and dig and pan for gold in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This account of his experiences folds in the history of California’s gold rush era and the stories of several Argonauts who came before him. The author’s passion for the subject and his self-deprecating humor make this a lively, interesting, and entertaining story.

  • Alexander Van Leadam
    2019-05-16 09:05

    A journalist decides to follow the steps of adventurers - and make some money not from the gold he finds but by writing about the experience. That's all. The book is not poorly written but it is not one that will linger in my mind. The author plays gold prospector for some time, makes a number of superficial observations, enjoys life out of doors and then goes back home for the next assignment. It's yet another book that shouldn't have been published; a blog would have been enough.

  • Charissa
    2019-05-12 06:03

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.I wasn't quite sure how I was going to take this book but I was pretty intrigued by it the more I read. Very good walk through of Steve's travels and how it relates to the travelers of the Gold Rush. Would definitely recommend.

  • Pedro L. Fragoso
    2019-04-30 07:22

    Funny romp about the quest for real money.

  • Peter Tillman
    2019-05-11 05:17

    Dubious description? Maybe not.

  • Therese Wiese
    2019-05-05 09:17

    Enjoyed the E Clampus Vitus story!

  • Karen
    2019-04-25 06:56

    I won this book through a free giveaway from Librarything.One of the best travelogues I've read! For the adventure seeker in my fellow travelers.