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Author: David McCullough
ISBN13: 978-0671395308
Title: The Johnstown Flood
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Language: English
Category: Social Sciences
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1St Edition edition (March 18, 1968)

The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

Also by david mccullough. The Path Between the Seats. A Touchstone book) Bibliography: p. 1. Johnstown. 2. Johnstown (P. -History.

Johnstown Flood by David McCullough - The stunning story of one of America’s great disasters, a preventable tragedy of Gilded Age America, brilliantly told b. .

In The Johnstown Flood, David McCullough gives you all as well as the heart and soul of this heinous catastrophe. Behind the numbers and stats, and even the human tragedy, there is an evil lurking here. This horror probably wouldn't have happened if not for a "let them eat cake" attitude by an elite few who wanted to maintain their Summer-fun pleasure palaces on a dammed lake perched precariously above a small town in a narrow valley below. The book on the whole reads like a newspaper feature article or Op-Ed piece that comes out a few weeks after a contentious event where more.

Graced by David McCullough's remarkable gift for writing richly textured, sympathetic social history, The Johnstown Flood is an absorbing portrait of life in nineteenth-century America, of overweening confidence, of energy, and of tragedy. This is a powerful historical lesson for our century and all times: the danger of assuming that because people are in positions of responsibility they are behaving responsibly.

You hear the stories of the survivors and the rescuers. He literally puts you in the moment to the point that you can imagine what you yourself might do faced with such a situation.

Johnstown Flood - David McCullough. Today, the lessons to be learned from the Johnstown Flood are more relevant than ever. Indifference to or ignorance of the realities of nature, in combination with inexcusable irresponsibility, not only continue but on even larger scales, as do the inevitable consequences we are left to face. One of the most important of all the many lessons to be learned from history is to learn from our mistakes.

Электронная книга "Johnstown Flood", David McCullough. Эту книгу можно прочитать в Google Play Книгах на компьютере, а также на устройствах Android и iOS. Выделяйте текст, добавляйте закладки и делайте заметки, скачав книгу "Johnstown Flood" для чтения в офлайн-режиме. Despite repeated warnings of possible danger, nothing was done about the dam.

by David McCullough From Alexander von Humboldt to Charles and Anne Lindbergh, these are stories of people of great vision and daring whose achievements continue to inspire us today, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough. The bestselling author of Truman and J.

The stunning story of one of America's great disasters, a preventable tragedy of Gilded Age America, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough. At the end of the nineteenth century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon. Despite repeated warnings of possible danger, nothing was done about the dam. Then came May 31, 1889, when the dam burst, sending a wall of water thundering down the mountain, smashing through Johnstown, and killing more than 2,000 people. It was a tragedy that became a national scandal.
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A few years ago I took a train trip through Pennsylvania. During the trip the train passed through Johnstown. A porter as we passed through the town pointed out landmarks connected to the flood. They included the hill that survivors fled too and of course the stone bridge. He was very knowledgeable on the catastrophe and I asked him if he could recommend a book on it. He recommended this one. I was already familiar with McCullough having read books of his such as 1776, Truman and Path Between the Seas. I was hoping it would be on the level of those fantastic books. It isn't but it's really close.

The first thing that impressed me with this book is the research. You can tell that McCullough spared no effort in his gathering every bit of information he could get his hands on. The first hand accounts are many in the book as well as ample documentation. You hear the stories of the survivors and the rescuers. He literally puts you in the moment to the point that you can imagine what you yourself might do faced with such a situation.

The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is the book is still McCullough's first book and while it's good he's still finding his sea legs in terms of organization and pacing of the story. In many cases in the book you have multiple stories mixed together at the same time where as today McCullough would have organized them for better pacing. Not a major thing by any means.
I had heard about this incident while doing some research in high school about the history of the Pennsylvania Railroad. I never fully understood it until I read David McCullough's book on it that the whole horror that swept out on that Memorial weekend. The story always told in most of the history books I had read was of evil rail and steel barons would could have cared less about the safety of folks built a dam and then in a terrible storm it broke and destroyed everything downstream for miles and killing many. This book, the first of McCullough's history books about major events in USA history, completely threw that theory out on the ear. From the state that built the damn to support a canal project and then failed to maintain it, to the initial damage that happened to the damn in a storm during the Civil War and finally on over to the Pittsburgh barons who wanted a summer house away from Lake Erie and only a short train ride from Pittsburgh and their changes to the dam and failure to hire the right engineers to understand how to maintain the damn, let alone upgrade it to support the changes that came along. This wasn't the only cause, McCullough also show that the area around Johnstown was a boom-town and they stripped the region of trees, built into rivers and closed off other streams while build in mines for coal and other metals for the steel industry was harvested. The big storm hits and then there is the dithering by the land owners of the resort that was built up by the dam, the dam breaking and the disbelief that it broke and then the untold gallons of water that goes washing down the valley. The most interesting part of the story was the recovery and that this the first major disaster prior to the '06 San Fransisco quake. From the first major disaster relief by the American Red Cross and Clara Barton outside of a war, on over to the number of folks who just showed up to work and help in clearance of debris or recovery of the bodies. The chapter dedicated to the yellow journalism is most interesting considering that these journalists, their editors back home in places like NYC or Pittsburgh wrote hate filled diatribes about them stinking "foreigners" who might be robbing, raping, pillaging and otherwise evil. The epilogue is also interesting bit of the book since the usual drama bit for superheroes of a dam burst is based on the stories from Johnstown. Then there is some lessons learned in the recovery of Johnstown that was later employed by the Red Cross and others in San Francisco. This is worthy while to learn about one of the first major natural disasters in the US and David McCullough's style makes it very readable.
This story borders on the overwhelming in scope. The loss of human life and stories of the survivors are incredible. The sheer hubris of those who created this man-made disaster is beyond the pale. If you want to know why government regulations had no choice but to grow, read this book. A lot of folks should have been held accountable and gone to jail ...no one did. A genuine human tragedy ... a very compelling read
I bought this book in preparation for a western PA road trip, knowing I would be stopping at several NPS Historical sites in the area. I am so glad I read this book prior to my travels. McCullough's research was incredibly thorough, and his human stories really bring to life this horrific tragedy. You get a very good sense of the natural history of the area, and how this narrow river valley was vulnerable to the faulty dam reconstructed by the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club. Environmental degradation from clear-cutting also contributed to annual spring floods. This was a human caused tragedy, but there were many individuals who acted with heroism as the danger became more apparent. This is a gripping tale. The Pittsburgh industrialists who were members of the exclusive South Fork Club would never have gotten off with no liabilities if this were to happen today. If you happen to visit Johnstown, travel upriver to the former site of the dam, then follow the river's course through the communities along the 14 mile stretch to Johnstown, and observe how some fared better than others. The Museum in Johnstown has a large table map of the area that uses lights to illustrate the course of the 40 foot wall of water.