The Klondike Quest: A Photographic Essay 1897-1899 (Paperback)

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"It is interesting to watch how the expressions change as you progress through the book, from optimistic in the beginning, to almost hopeless by the end... The pictures alone will offer hours of viewing." -- CM Magazine

"The story of the stampede is told well but shown even better." --

This classic book is a truly great photographic essay of an historic event that made millionaires of an anonymous few but crushed thousands more in a hostile climate and unforgiving terrain anticipated by none.

We are nearing the 125th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush and no one has told the story as vividly as Yukon-born Pierre Berton. Canada's leading popular historian compiled over 200 rare period images from the more than 10,000 images in public archives and private collections. Depicting every aspect of what Berton called "one of the strangest mass movements in history," many of the compelling images were first published in this book.

The Klondike Quest brings to life the panoramic drama of the great stampede for gold as seen by the ordinary gold-seeker. The photographs are beautifully reproduced and informatively and colorfully captioned. "One million people, it is said, laid plans to go to the Klondike. One hundred thousand actually set off. And so the Klondike saga is a chronicle of humanity in the mass... For the next eighteen months, the Yukon interior plateau became a human anthill."

As a true story of real men looking for a golden phantom, it's a tale that can't be beat.

About the Author

Pierre Berton was born in the Yukon in 1920 and worked in the Klondike mining camps as a teenager before forging a career as a journalist and cultural commentator He wrote 50 books, including many historical non-fiction titles, and won over 30 literary awards and many honorary degrees Appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1986, Berton died in 2004 at the age of 84

Product Details
ISBN: 9781550464535
ISBN-10: 1550464531
Publisher: Boston Mills Press
Publication Date: July 1st, 2005
Pages: 240
Language: English