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.
Wonderful narration of a detailed history of a very tragic event.
Great mixture of personal recollections facts and circumstances that caused the flood.
Narrative made me contemplate what it had to be in Johnstown before and after the flood.
McCullough always does great work, and not only because of meticulous research. He is well able to bring history to life, and Ed Hermann was skilled at projecting that ability.
"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
The first book by McCullough that i read was 1776 and i thought it was fantastic. The second was The Johnstown Flood and it did not disappoint. His description of the dam breaking coupled with the narration created a movie in my mind. It was a great book and the narrator Edward Herrmann did a great job.
Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.
This is the second book by McCullough that I have read. It is a very interesting account of events surrounding the Johnstown flood, which I had been taught was just the result of a 100-year storm. But still, I think McCullough can't hold a candle to Timothy Egan, who makes American history stories leap off the page like Indiana Jones, or something!
I do like listening to Edward Herrmann's voice.
Understanding how people lived during this period in history was interesting. Listening to the narrators voice was a pleasure. It was hard for me to envision the geography, I would have understood the story better if I'd seen a map.
Pleasant retell of what and when during a disaster. Many interesting happenings from a long time ago. Good expose of how people respond even today as disasters occur.
The heading says it all: 'Extraordinary Tale, Well Told' - well researched and written as well as beautifully narrated. This was a fully absorbing audio book as well as being personally educational as I knew nothing of this historical calamity. I thoroughly recommend this one!
Double Black Diamond
This story is a collection of vignettes and anecdotal some nations of various calamities which occurred during the flood. There's no real confusion, or for that matter, been to this book. It just Kaina rambles on and describes what a flood can do. You can get the picture in about 15 minutes.
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