Self taught, self proclaimed Austrian Economist, Anarcho Capitalist. I listen to books and podcasts all day at work with hidden bluetooth.
I recommend this book to all of my friends. I have read many books about how our monetary system could collapse, but it never happens. Just because a collapse hasn't happened yet, people think your crazy for mentioning it. just like this story, people get tired of the warnings, and the people forecasting it.
I don't have a favorite.
When the dam broke.
The dredge is coming.
It amazed me how everyone came together to help out after the flood. Well, almost everyone, at least one person just high tailed it out of town and everyone thought he was dead.
There had been threats of the dam
bursting in the past; therefore when it did burst people were slow to respond. it was a good book and a good account of the events that I knew about before I read this book. There was plenty of new information to hold my interest to the end.
I listened to the first chapter and skimmed the 2nd and 3rd chapters to see if it was going to get any better but I couldn't get into it. I couldn't find any characters to latch on to and give me hope that they were going to pull me in to the story. All it talked about was the weather and the in and outs of the community. Maybe I'm missing something because it was rated high but I was completely bored and had to return it.
Vivid, informative, exceptional history. Those who have a general idea of the disaster at Johnstown, as I had, owe themselves a journey through this book.
I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo
This book was not what I expected.I found it dry,analytical though well documented.It has facts in the order they happened.
The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it was too detailed.
I grew up near Johnstown and saw the storm that caused the 1977 flood from high ground in Somerset. I had heard of the 1889 flood, but never read anything, so McCullough's book was my first introduction to the details of that tragic event. The author brings the story down to human scale, so we can understand why the flood occurred and whom it affected. Herrmann's reading is straightforward and objective, betraying just a hint of emotion where appropriate.
A good read and an exhaustive study of the causes and effects of one of our nation's most horrific disasters.
My only problem with this book is the occasional long lags (as much as 15 seconds) between some of the chapters. On several occasions I found myself checking my audio device to make sure it was still operating properly. Annoying, but not serious enough to make the listen a bad one.
David McCullough is a great author. I have recently started reading his books and after finishing one I start another one. This book is a great story of the Johnstown flood. Very interesting