The Johnstown Flood

by David McCullough | History |
ISBN: 9780671207144 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmaryzeewing of Taneytown, Maryland USA on 10/10/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Saturday, October 10, 2009
This book was donated to the OBCZ shelf at Taneytown Cafe. This looks tempting; I may just have to read it before releasing it.

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

Journal Entry 2 by wingmaryzeewing at Taneytown, Maryland USA on Monday, May 28, 2012
McCullough has done a great job of deciphering the causes of this disaster. He profiles the members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, and the errors that led to the great flood. It seemed as though it was just a matter of time until this disaster-waiting-to-happen occurred. The tale could have been a bit more thrilling, but this seems a fair reporting job, without sensationalism. I was dismayed to note a few typos/editing errors here, esp. addition for edition. This book was written in the 60s, and I thought they were still editing books back then. But still an interesting read, and seems a fair representation of the history. It was interesting to read at the end what happened to some of the players after the recovery from the disaster.

This book will soon be going out to fulfill a long-desired wish. Hope she enjoys it :)

Journal Entry 3 by wingmaryzeewing at Wishlist RABCK, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (5/29/2012 UTC) at Wishlist RABCK, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases


Mailing this off in the next day or two as a surprise RABCK. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by wingMyssCynwing at San Antonio, Texas USA on Sunday, June 03, 2012
Oh my gosh! This is the oldest book on my wishlist. Thanks so much!

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