Edward Dolnick's newest book is The Rush, a close-up and
fast-paced look at the California gold rush. In 1849 the world went mad. For the first time, an ordinary person could transform his life.
The Declaration of Independence had given every American the right to pursue happiness. The gold rush promised the chance to catch it. His
previous books includeThe Forger's Spell, the New York Times bestselling account of the greatest art hoax of the 20th century,
and The Rescue Artist, winner of the Edgar Award in 2006 for best non-fiction.