James Macklin Chance was a poor Pennsylvanian who dreamed of becoming a rich Californian. So he set out with a pocketful of dreams, hoping to mine the glorious gold of the Golden State. But the century was about to turn, and the real "gold" of California was now in oil, citrus, water rights, and the railroad. Mack would have it all, if he had his way. And along the way there were wonderful women, like gorgeous Carla Hellman, rich beyond Mack's wildest dreams, and the fiercely independent Nellie Ross, an ace reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. And there were enemies, like Walter Fairbanks, an arrogant attorney who would challenge Mack on any battlefield -- polo or auto racing, politics or sex; and the scheming Wyatt Paul, for whom the freedom of the west was, perhaps, a license to kill. And there was the pantheon of powerful men who shaped history: William Randolph Hearst and Harrison Gray Otis, Leland Standford and Theodore Roosevelt. ... Combining impeccable research and powerful storytelling, California Gold demonstrates why John Jakes has been called the "people's author" and the "godfather of the historical novel," and why his last eleven books have all been number-one bestsellers.
This big 750+ page paperback book is in good condition with some cover creases and cover wear.