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The Extraordinary Gold Rush Odyssey of Joseph Goldsborough Bruff
Ken Lizzio
Book cover for Forty-Niner by Ken Lizzio
Experience the majesty and terror of the Gold Rush firsthand

While the seminal California Gold Rush of 1849 produced numerous firsthand diaries and accounts, Joseph Goldsborough Bruff’s—widely regarded as the best and most accurate—provides the basis of this narrative reimagining of a quintessential American legend. Ken Lizzio traces the pioneer’s thrilling adventure from the first rumors of gold, through his crossing of the frontier, all the way to his incredible survival and escape to a prosperous life back east. This is the first book to create a narrative of Bruff’s journey from his meticulously written and preserved diary. And with more than fifty of Bruff’s original pencil sketches and paintings, Forty-Niner provides a new, immersive vision of one of America’s most fabled eras.

The American Grit series brings you true tales of endurance, survival, and ingenuity from the annals of American history. These books focus on the trials of remarkable individuals with an emphasis on rich primary source material and artwork.
May 2017
5.9 x 8.6 | 288pp | Hardcover |
50 b&w photographs
$24.95 (US)
$33.95 (CA)
About the Author
Ken Lizzio is a professor of anthropology, having taught and Winthrop and James Madison Universities. He is the author of Embattled Saints: My Year with the Sufis or Afghanistan, an ethnography of an Islamic mystical brotherhood that won the IBPA’s 2015 Ben Franklin Silver Award. He lives in Bayse, Virginia.