July 2, 2018 – Our time machine strikes gold in Nevada’s Comstock Lode — a world-record vein so immensely valuable that it changed the destiny of the United States as the Civil War loomed. Our guide on this journey is Gregory Crouch who brings us: The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle over the Greatest Riches in the American West.
It’s the history-making, rags-to-riches story of an Irish immigrant who made his fortune, won the love of his adopted country — and then fell from the national memory in part because nobody had a bad word to say about him. Gregory Crouch’s previous books include the World War II flying adventure China’s Wings and the alpine memoir Enduring Patagonia. He studied history at the United States Military Academy at West Point, completed U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools, and led two infantry platoons.