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The Johnstown Flood Audiobook

The Johnstown Flood

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At the end of the last 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 portrait of life in 19th-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.

©1968 David McCullough; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Allan Morristown, NJ, United States 11-26-09
    Allan Morristown, NJ, United States 11-26-09
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    "Like You Were There"

    As the title states, to hear this book is like you were there. A lover of history will surely like this.....an amazing event described wonderfully and narrated very well.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 07-22-08
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 07-22-08 Member Since 2014

    Curtis

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    "You Can Really Picture It All"

    This writing and narration really put you in the middle of the flood. So descriptive and gut-wrenching! Also, you will learn quite a bit about the class struggles, banking magnates, and feel of the times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David West Newton, MA, USA 09-15-06
    David West Newton, MA, USA 09-15-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Another Good Listen"

    David McCullough has done it, yet again. A great story of this significnat tragedy told in a compelling manner. Hermann does his usual good job in keeping the story moving along. I was interested particularly with the post-flood stories and also of the many myths that came from the flood in later years.
    Highly recommend

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Philadelphia, PA, USA 08-11-05
    Joshua Philadelphia, PA, USA 08-11-05
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    "McCullough / Herrmann a great combo"

    The author has, once again, delivered the goods. A great historical tale about a (generationally) liitle known topic. I had always known about the flood, but never the details. McCullough is able to deliver a terrific work that is hard to put down. Edward Herrmann, better known in some of his acting roles as FDR or the Chrysler guy--uses his unusual and instantly recognizeable voice to deliver a book that you feel is being read like a good story with important parables. His other reads are equally wonderful by the way.

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    Frank Gallinaro Auburn, NH United States 08-26-07
    Frank Gallinaro Auburn, NH United States 08-26-07 Member Since 2007

    Lover of good ideas

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    "A little piece of American history"

    David McCullough has written another excellent book on a little piece of American history. To the nation this was not a momentous event but to the people of Johnstown and the surrounding towns it was a matter of life or death. Several towns in PA were destroyed in hours by the unrelenting flood caused by the failure of an earthen dam. It is a story about our country of which I was unware. David revealed the unscruplous behavior of certain men, but also the generousity of Americans in the face of the tradegy of their fellow citizens. He descibed the heroism of many men and woman and the life or death result of the flood which seemed almost to be the result of the roll of the die.

    Well worth a read if you like American history and you will certainly come away with a new understanding of a small part of our nation's history written in clear prose by a master historian.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 10-26-11
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    I had not read much about the cause of the flood or what made it such a epic tragedy, so I learned a lot from this book. I was impressed by the incredible courage of many of the townspeople attempting to save themselves, their families and their neighbors, but also saddened and appalled at the callousness of some of the club members whose arrogance contributed to the immensity of the damage and loss of life. A real eye opener into those times. Very well read as always by Edward Herrmann.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    carl stetar 08-16-16
    carl stetar 08-16-16
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    "Another Superb History From McCullough"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine 08-06-16
    Kristine 08-06-16
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    "Fascinating"

    If you love details to put you right in the moment, this is the book. Personally, I lost interest because it was more detailed than I thought necessary for an audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra United States 07-26-16
    Deedra United States 07-26-16 Member Since 2015

    I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol

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    "The Johnstown Flood"

    This book was not what I expected.I found it dry,analytical though well documented.It has facts in the order they happened.

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    Tally D Lykins North Vernon, IN United States 06-06-16
    Tally D Lykins North Vernon, IN United States 06-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book on a topic I knew nearly nothing about."
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    The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it was too detailed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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