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.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
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.
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.
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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For whatever reason, this one just sat in my library until I finally thought, "Well, I'll give it a try." It was outstanding! I want more of David McCullough's books and Edward Hermann's narration was just right! THANKS for the story and the history.
He's always marvelous except this time. What a dismal story. Actually not much of a story. Just lots of water-logged misery. But Edward Herrmann is always a winner...and certianly not dry!
An amazingly detailed look at a horrific historical event. Narrator is perfect for this book. The book's apex is, of course, the flood itself, but the choices, actions, and attitudes of the people both before and after the event makes for an interesting look at society too. No higher recommendation.
I recommend this book.
Similar in quality to David McCullough's other books (although I prefer 1776 much more).
I thought the chapters before the were helpful, but seemed to drag. Once the "flood" begins, the book really picks up speed.
This was an excellent audiobook. I went to the Johnstown Flood museum several years ago, but found this to be much more informative (I'm sure a repeat visit would add to the book, though). Very well done. It can be a bit tricky to keep the geography in your head without a map, but it's still easy to follow.
Whose to blame?
I loved how the perspectives shifted from the people in the valley and the rich folks at the fishing & hunting club.
I really enjoyed the build up to the flood for its fascinating insights into class differences and the mistakes that lead up to the weakness of the dam.
The people on the mountain. The people in the valley.
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