Here’s “Why we need government to safeguard against the new robber barons,” my perspective piece for the Washington Post’s “Made by History” series, about what we can learn about the modern media landscape from John Mackay’s “Cable War” with robber baron Jay Gould, and about the dangers of monopolies and cartels.
Here’s “Tigers Over a Rising Sun,” my review of A Few Planes for China by Eugenie Buchan and The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan by Sam Kleiner for the Wall Street Journal, July 21-22, 2018.
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Here’s the full list of the 31 books I’ve reviewed for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR, and others.
Luca Starmer interviewed me about THE BONANZA KING for the Reno News & Review. The fruits of that conversation appeared as “True Tales” in the newspaper on July 26, 2018.
“Crouch’s enthusiasm about the era is contagious. He paints a vivid picture of our slice of the American West.”
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My friend Nik Hawks interviewed me about THE BONANZA KING, my writing process, and the pursuit of excellence for his PaleoTreats podcast.
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Here’s a snippet of the introduction Nik wrote about the book: “From Mark Twain’s connection to John Mackay all the way to how the Civil War was affected by gold mining in Nevada, and from the development of San Francisco to the laying down of our modern lines of communications, Greg paints an incredible picture of an absolutely remarkable story. Whether you like rags to riches, stories of hard work, engineering ingenuity, or just reading about a rippingly interesting slice of history, The Bonanza King is as good as you’ll get.”
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Here’s my interview with Stephen Hausmann of the New Books Network for the New Books in the American West series he hosts.
“Mackay and Virginia City together encapsulate how the mineral economy of the Great Basin could create and destroy seemingly on a whim, and The Bonanza King is a rollicking retelling of how the man and the place were inseparably linked during the heady days of the Gilded Age West.”
The Electric Review reviewed THE BONANZA KING on July 11, 2018.
“Readers will find Crouch’s work both detailed and evocative – the ultimate reportage of a time that’s largely been forgotten by so many younger Americans.”
“In 2118, Will Mark Zuckerberg Be Remembered? Heard of John Mackay?” My Q & A with John Greathouse for Forbes, July 10, 2018.
“Few modern-day entrepreneurs know the story of John Mackay, a man who amassed a fortune comparable to Mr. Zuckerberg’s. Gregory Crouch’s newly released book, THE BONANZA KING, tells this forgotten entrepreneur’s compelling story.”