The Johnstown Flood

The Johnstown Flood

Book - 1987
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A graphic account of the collapse of a poorly constructed dam and the resulting flood which killed 2,000 people and caused a nationwide scandal.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, [1987], ©1968.
ISBN: 9780671207144
Branch Call Number: 974.877 MCCULLO
Characteristics: 302 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.

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Jul 07, 2019

This title is probably my least favorite of McCullough works. While historically accurate, it is not an easy read as there is so much detail of what I might consider minutea!

Feb 02, 2019

I've not read McCullough before, and I was happily surprised at how utterly engaging this book is. I'm looking forward to reading more of this fine historian's work. The Johnstown Flood was a fully preventable tragedy, caused - in part - by our predilection to believe the people we like, we admire, or whom we deem important.

Dec 08, 2018

Classic riveting book of Pittsburgh elite under the "South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club" funded earth dam to create artificial lake & private summer resort.
Improper maintenance & rainstorm created disaster & dubious distinction first time American Red Cross deployed. Official casualties don't include Typhoid Fever victims
National scandal that miserly elites rather forget.

Nov 10, 2018

The first big effort by super historian David McCullough is still a great read today. Most of America has forgotten about this disaster 120 years ago but it serves as a reminder yet today of the abuse of power and the will to survive. This killer torrent should never have happened. The Johnstown Flood was perhaps the world's first "media circus" with telegraphy sending the news around the world in hours. Wonderfully researched, including survivors interviewed in the 1960s, the story is well told and within reach of most readers.

multcolib_susannel May 31, 2014

David McCullough's first book,though it's not nearly as long as his others,puts you right in the tiny town in PA that is/was Johnstown, and sets the scene brilliantly. Then the flood happens.


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Nov 10, 2018

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