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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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    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 2009
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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.

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    Deedra United States 07-26-16
    Deedra United States 07-26-16 Member Since 2017

    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

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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."
    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it was too detailed.

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    A. M. Dalessandro Tucson, AZ USA 05-23-16
    A. M. Dalessandro Tucson, AZ USA 05-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Compelling Human Interest Story"
    Would you listen to The Johnstown Flood again? Why?

    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.


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    Gregggg 02-03-16
    Gregggg 02-03-16
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    "ho, hum"
    Would you try another book from David McCullough and/or Edward Herrmann?

    This is my third book of McCullough. The subject & story here never captured my attention.


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    Chris Harrisonville, MO, USA 11-11-15
    Chris Harrisonville, MO, USA 11-11-15 Member Since 2001
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    "Technical issues?"

    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.

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    Artem 10-19-15
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    "Great book."

    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

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    David D. Johnson Phoenix, AZ & Centenial, CO 10-08-15
    David D. Johnson Phoenix, AZ & Centenial, CO 10-08-15 Member Since 2016

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    "The Johnstown Flood's Recreation"

    I go out of my way to read (hear) anything written by Mr. McCullough. While the author is spectacular in his narration, Mr. Herrmann's brings out the most understanding of what Mr. McCullough writes, he is, in short, the very best narrator I could imagine. Mr. McCullough clearly sets himself as a gift to the English language and coupled with his research, (with Mr. Herrmann's narration), we are three times blessed. I can say no more.

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    drducati Daytona Beach,Fla 10-05-15
    drducati Daytona Beach,Fla 10-05-15 Member Since 2010

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    "I Read This Book Years Ago"
    If you could sum up The Johnstown Flood in three words, what would they be?

    Good History


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is not a character book. It is history and the closest it comes to character is the wealthy men who belonged to the hunt club.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Listening to narrative adds a dimension I did not get from reading. I have noticed several books that seem much deeper and more personal when digested as an audio book. "With the Old Breed" is a notable example.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well done and very well narrated. I enjoyed what was to me rather dry reading many years go. This was a major disaster of the "Gilded Age" and it is told with a keen eye for detail.

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