A Hole in the Ground with a Liar at the Top

Fraud and Deceit in the Golden Age of American Mining

Dan Plazak

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Subjects: Western History

9781607810209 (paperback)

Coal, silver, gold. There is something about the allure of hidden treasure that puts a glint in people’s eyes. By gathering such familiar stories as that of Nevada’s infamous Comstock Lode with a succession of lesser-known scandals, Dan Plazak provides an entertaining and informative volume that delightfully investigates the history of mining frauds in the United States from the Civil War to World War I.