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A Hole in the Ground with a Liar at the Top: Fraud and Deceit in the Golden Age of American Mining Hardcover – Feb 1 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press; 1st Edition edition (Feb. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874808405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874808407
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 780 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,904,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Having cast a very wide net through the popular press and the mining industry's newspapers, Plazak has marshaled an impressive array of details documenting scores of scams and scam artists. Undoubtedly anyone interested in the general topic or in particular instances of fraud or deciet will find Plazak a welcome starting point."—Western Historical Quarterly

"In his estimable work, A Hole in the Ground with a Liar at the Top, Dan Plazak strikes it rich with his examination of the old west’s most successful villains and their crimes.”—Utah Historical Quarterly

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dan Plazak is a graduate of Michigan Tech and the Colorado School of Mining. He is a consulting geologist and engineer.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great book! Feb. 21 2011
By ep4444 - Published on
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Great, entertaining read. Written a little choppy, but other than that, it is a great book. Highly recommend if you want to learn about anything mining.
One Star May 27 2015
By Kimberly Mears - Published on
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Unsubstantiated garbage.