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The Johnstown Flood Audiobook

The Johnstown Flood

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Publisher's Summary

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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    blt@hic.net 01-03-17
    blt@hic.net 01-03-17
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    "I tried - really I did!"

    I appreciate and have always enjoyed David McCullough's writings. But this book was such a disappointment to me! Dull reading, almost like a reporter would read a History Book. I finally gave up halfway in - all the facts about the dam and the town went on and on! I felt it was needless information!! Very disappointing purchase!!

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    CJ Bloyer 12-29-16
    CJ Bloyer 12-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent History Story"

    I've listened to this book three times now and it is always fascinating. The lessons learned from the stories of our past are amazing and deep.

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    Aneil Durham, NC USA 12-15-16
    Aneil Durham, NC USA 12-15-16
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    "Another Gripping Tale"

    This is another wonderful book by McCullough, even though the story is one of tragedy. Edward Herrmann performs masterfully, as usual. The only reason I didn't rate it five stars is that I wouldn't listen to it again, unlike many of McCullough's other books. Once is enough given the subject.

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    Ben 12-08-16
    Ben 12-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Historical Work"

    Such an intriguing story told so beautifully. McCullough weaves the incredible tale with the perfect blend of artistic pros and historical detail. Edward Herrmann was fantastic, as usual. Wish the story had just kept going. I would recommend this to anyone even mildly interested in US history.

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    C. Sharp Indy 12-05-16
    C. Sharp Indy 12-05-16
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    "Excellent"

    An incredibly interesting and ultimately heartbreaking story of a disaster very few (including formerly myself) seem to know about even though thousands perished. As with all history, the story is of the people and McCullough uses his strong writing skills to get to the heart of the matter. I've never heard this voice narrator before but he does an excellent job.

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    corey 12-04-16
    corey 12-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "The warning!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't have a favorite.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the dam broke.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The dredge is coming.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    marylou 11-13-16
    marylou 11-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "the dam burst! run for the hills."

    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.

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    AnnJohn 10-24-16
    AnnJohn 10-24-16
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    "very well done. "

    Very moving narration of such a tragic event. The reader also did an excellent job. Well done over all.

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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.

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    Kristine 08-06-16
    Kristine 08-06-16 Member Since 2017
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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 2 people found this review helpful

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