Chasing the Thrill

Chasing the Thrill

Obsession, Death, and Glory in America's Most Extraordinary Treasure Hunt

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"A full-throttle, first-person account of the treasure hunt set in motion by Forest Fenn--an eccentric art dealer and, some would say, robber baron--in 2010 that lasted a full decade and became the stuff of contemporary legend. When Forest Fenn was told he was going to die, he hid a chest full of jewels and gold in the wilderness and published a poem that contained a series of clues about the treasure's secret location. But he didn't die, and he wouldn't reveal the location. The wild hunt went on for another ten years. Daniel Barbarisi first learned of Fenn's hunt in 2017 when a friend began decoding the poem and convinced Barbarisi to catalogue his search. What began as a great story documenting the history of Fenn's treasure hunt--the rumors, characters, and pitfalls--quickly turned into a personal quest, as Barbarisi found himself on a sometimes reckless and possibly dead-end path, despite having a family at home. Over the course of the next three years, several searchers would die, endless controversies would erupt, and one anonymous unknown would find the ultimate prize. Rich with mystery, danger, and break-neck action, Barbarisi's account of the imagination and drive of desire, of obsession, and of a particularly unbridled adventure is pure gold on the page"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2021]
ISBN: 9780525566113
0525566112
9780525656173
0525656170
Branch Call Number: 622.19 BAR
Characteristics: 348 pages ; 24 cm

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Jun 03, 2021

A well-written account of the decade-long hunt for a hidden trove of gold and artifacts, secreted by an eccentric dealer somewhere between Santa Fe and Yellowstone Park. Thousands of Americans plumbed the depths of a cryptic poem, the old man's memoirs and public comments, the internet, survey maps, and the like, while trudging through miles of the mountain West; marriages were formed and broken, internet feuds flared, and some people actually died on this modern-day quest.

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