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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 28, July 15, 2007, Article 2

BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: JAMES CRAWFORD: MASTER OF THE MINT AT CARSON CITY

Marie Goe writes: "After suffering through many trials and shedding
many tears it appears as if Rusty's new book, 'James Crawford: Master
of the Mint at Carson City - A Short Full Life' is ready for
distribution.  Whereas Rusty initially thought the book would contain
approximately 400 pages, it has swelled to 658 pages.  Below is the
table of contents and a copy of the press release for the book:

Introduction
Book One: The Early Years: Hardinsburg, Kentucky to Littleton, Illinois
Book Two: The California Years: La Porte in Sierra County
Book Three: The Lyon County, Nevada Years: Como to Dayton
Book Four: The Carson City Years: 1874 - 1885
Epilogue
Appendix
Selected Bibliography
Index

"A new biography on the life of James Crawford, fourth superintendent
of the Carson City Mint from 1874 to 1885, is now available in hardcover,
from the award-winning author of The Mint on Carson Street, Rusty Goe.
Packed with more information about an officer in the Bureau of the
Mint system than any other reference, this 650-page book, entitled
James Crawford: Master of the Mint at Carson City – A Short Full Life,
traces this historic figure from his birth in Kentucky to his rise to
fame and authority at Nevada’s venerated coin factory in Carson City.

"While a small minority of coin collectors are familiar with the name
James Crawford, this great man’s legacy has unfortunately been obscured
in the passing pages of time. Until now, that is. For, author Rusty
Goe, employing the tedious tenacity of a skilled researcher, has
reconstructed James Crawford’s life, primarily through excerpts from
hundreds of pages of newspapers spanning the second half of the
nineteenth century. From stories of California’s Gold Rush to a
probing chronicle of Nevada ’s Comstock Lode, readers will be
transported back in time to one of the most colorful eras in
American history.

"Even readers that are unfamiliar with James Crawford, or the mint
at which he served, will enjoy the experience of learning about how
some of the most famous coins in history were produced; and about
how political chicanery affected the monetary system of the United
States. But aside from coin making and political rascality, readers
will appreciate the many human-interest stories scattered throughout
the pages of this enchanting biography.

"James Crawford loved life and certainly lived it to its fullest
measure. Whether out in the woods on a hunting expedition, participating
in a sporting tournament, attending a masquerade ball, vacationing at
beautiful Lake Tahoe, escorting a dignitary around town, presenting a
speech at a Republican rally, or playing a practical joke on a friend,
Crawford always found himself at the center of attention. And, just
as those who were close to him admired, respected and loved him,
readers will also become enamored with him by the time they have
turned to the last page in this exhaustive volume.

"Complementing the absorbing narrative is a virtual visual-feast of
images, including dozens of coins from the Carson City Mint, and
numerous pictures of persons, places, and old newspaper clippings.
Rusty Goe spiced up his first major work, The Mint on Carson Street,
which won Book of the Year honors from two prestigious numismatic
organizations (PNG and NLG) in 2004, with a similarly profuse
presentation of images, and he has not detoured from this
award-winning style in this new biography on James Crawford.

"This riveting book will appeal to a diversified readership,
including lovers of Nevada history, Old West history, U.S. monetary
system history, U.S. Mint history, and biographies of famous Americans.

"Anyone interested in the Carson City Mint, the coins produced
there, Nevada history, or even U.S. history will greatly enjoy
reading this book. It is filled with interesting facts and inspiring
anecdotes.

"The book, available in hardcover, will be distributed at all major
outlets. The suggested retail price is $89.95 (Discounts will be
offered). For more information, please contact Southgate Coins at
5032 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89502 ; or phone (775) 322-4455."

[I've already sent my check.  Anyone with an interest in U.S
numismatics, minting, or the Old West should buy or borrow a copy.
As many of our readers know (since they are authors themselves),
authoring a book is a long, difficult and often thankless task.
Show your support!  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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