The Richest Hill on Earth

The Richest Hill on Earth In this captivating historical novel six time Spur Award winner Richard S Wheeler turns his storyteller s eye to a clash of towering ambitions in the American West when the Copper Kings of Butte Mo

  • Title: The Richest Hill on Earth
  • Author: Richard S. Wheeler
  • ISBN: 9780765328168
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this captivating historical novel, six time Spur Award winner Richard S Wheeler turns his storyteller s eye to a clash of towering ambitions in the American West, when the Copper Kings of Butte, Montana, wrestled each other for control of both the richest hill on earth and Montana s fledgling government.The city of Butte looks like a cancerous m lange of smoky mineIn this captivating historical novel, six time Spur Award winner Richard S Wheeler turns his storyteller s eye to a clash of towering ambitions in the American West, when the Copper Kings of Butte, Montana, wrestled each other for control of both the richest hill on earth and Montana s fledgling government.The city of Butte looks like a cancerous m lange of smoky mine boilers and rudely constructed sheds when newspaperman John Fellowes Hall arrives on a cold spring day in 1892 Butte may be ugly, but it s the place to get rich It s also a city full of stories perfect for a journalist looking to make a name for himself As an employee of mining titan William Andrews Clark, Hall becomes a part of the best story of them all the fight among the Copper Kings.Butte s three founding fathers were remarkable men with little in common other than ambition Marcus Daly, a humble Irish immigrant, led the Anaconda Copper Mining Company His political rival, the formidable William Andrews Clark, a brilliant but vain businessman, bought himself a United States Senate seat And Augustus Heinze tried to steal the mines, using lawyers and bribed judges, only to be crushed by the Rockefellers The Richest Hill on Earth captures their struggle as well as the stories of the ordinary people the miners, their wives and children, the journalists, and even the psychics trying to make their fortunes in the rapidly changing West.The Richest Hill of Earth is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Historical Fiction title.

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    1. Richard S. Wheeler

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name See this thread for information There are other authors with this name One writes Marine Corps history Another, Civil War history Another writes in the political sciences Richard S Shaw Wheeler was born in Milwaukee in 1935 and grew up in nearby Wauwatosa.

    867 thoughts on “The Richest Hill on Earth”

    1. I've paid little or no attention to that part of U.S. western history that focused on the instant fortunes made and the significant amounts of mining in western cities. This is fascinating historical fiction about an influential triumvirate of men in turn-of-the-20th-century Butte, Montana. All three were involved in pulling copper and other minerals from what became known as "the richest hill on Earth."You'll read with horror about female immigrants from places like Ireland who marry miners onl [...]


    2. My review from the Missoula Independent:For wealth inequality, political scandals and plain seediness, there were few cities that could top late 20th century Butte. Six-time Spur Award winner and author of around 50 previous novels (!), Richard S. Wheeler has written an un-idealized chronicle of Butte in The Richest Hill on Earth, choosing a fiery era to scrutinize one of the roughest cities on any kind of map: a dreamscape for extravagant capitalists and something close to a nightmare for miner [...]


    3. This is a novel for every reader who wanted Deadwood to go on indefinitely. In The Richest Hill on Earth, Montana writer Richard Wheeler turns his particular storytelling skills to an account of the copper mining town, Butte, at the turn of the last century. Here there are familiar names: William Andrews Clark and the other copper kings as they dig fabulous fortunes from a mountain slope near the Continental Divide. And there are the many who do the digging, as well as those scratching out a liv [...]


    4. No main character and few to even like. People's lives rather than a plot or action. Probably a pretty accurate glimpse of life in a company town and western state politics of the time. Where did we ever get the idea that newspapers are (should be? were ever?) objective?! Women certainly had it rough in mining towns. In many ways, it's a wonder anyone got through it at all.


    5. A book about Butte Montana and the Copper mines. This book looks at the wealthy mine owners, the people who worked the mines and the politics of the mines. Interesting read and you learn a lot but is a little slow and seems to skip around a lot.


    6. Too much politics. As a resident and a blue collar worker that runs into the old history on a daily basis there was a good glimpse of the way labor skilled or unskilled was portrayed and is still to this day. This town is rich in history.


    7. Surprisingly bloodless for a semi-fictionalized account of the War of the Copper Kings, The Richest Hill on Earth reads more like a history textbook than a novel--which is normally fine for this American history buff, but I can read about Butte in other, better books.


    8. After a vacation in Montana, a couple of years ago, this book explains a lot! The author does a good job of mixing fact and fiction.



    9. Very good historical novel about the copper mines in Montana. Makes you wonder, now I want to go visit Butte and some of the historical sites.





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