Conversation with Nik Hawks about THE BONANZA KING

My friend Nik Hawks interviewed me about THE BONANZA KING, my writing process, and the pursuit of excellence for his PaleoTreats podcast.

Click play below to listen to our conversation.

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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New Books Network on THE BONANZA KING

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.”


Interviewed by Mike Slater for “Biographer’s Corner”

Mike Slater of San Diego radio station AM 760 interviewed me about THE BONANZA KING for his “Biographer’s Corner” segment.

Listen to the podcast of the interview here:

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“The Man Who Hit the Mother Lode”—the WSJ review of THE BONANZA KING

Here’s “The Man Who Hit the Mother Lode,” by Patrick Cooke for the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal, July 7 & 8, 2018.

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A monumentally researched biography of one of the 19th century’s wealthiest self-made Americans…Well-written and worthwhile…John Mackay spent a lifetime defying odds.”