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A Hole in the Ground With a Liar at the Top

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Copyright: 2006
Trim: 6 x 9
Pages: 384 pp.
Illustrations: 22 illus.

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978-1-60781-020-9
$24.95
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A Hole in the Ground With a Liar at the Top

Fraud and Deceit in the Golden Age of American Mining

Dan Plazak

Western History

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.


Dan Plazak is a graduate of Michigan Tech and the Colorado School of Mining. He is a consulting geologist and engineer.



Praise and Reviews:

"Having cast a very wide net through the popular press and the mining industry's newspapers, Plazak has marshaled an impressive array of details documenting scores of scams and scam artists. Undoubtedly anyone interested in the general topic or in particular instances of fraud or deceit will find Plazak a welcome starting point."
Western Historical Quarterly

"In his estimable work, A Hole in the Ground with a Liar at the Top, Dan Plazak strikes it rich with his examination of the old west’s most successful villains and their crimes....”
Utah Historical Quarterly

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