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Johnstown Flood

Johnstown Flood - 68 edition

ISBN13: 978-0671207144

Cover of Johnstown Flood 68 (ISBN 978-0671207144)
ISBN13: 978-0671207144
ISBN10: 0671207148
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 68
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Published: 1968
International: No

List price: $16.00

Johnstown Flood - 68 edition

ISBN13: 978-0671207144

David McCullough

ISBN13: 978-0671207144
ISBN10: 0671207148
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 68
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Published: 1968
International: No
Summary
David McCullough is known to millions as the author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling books The Great Bridge, The Path Between the Seas, and Mornings on Horseback, and as host of the popular PBS television series ''Smithsonian World?' The Johnstown Flood, David McCullough's first book, was praised by Time magazine as a ''meticulously researched, vivid account of one of the most stunning disasters in U.S. history.''

At the end of the last century, Johnstown,.Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hard-working 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 townspeople. It was a tragedy that became a national scandal.

From research in the voluminous records, diaries, letters, interviews with numbers of survivors, and a rare, previously unknown transcript of a private investigation conducted by the Pennsylvania Railroad, David McCullough vividly re-creates the chain of events that led to the catastrophe, and then unfolds the incredible story of the flood itself and its aftermath.

Graced by David McCullough's remarkable gift for writing richly textured, sympathetic social history, The Johnstown Flood is an absorbing, classic portrait of life in 19th-century America, of overweening confidence, energy, and tragedy. It also offers a powerful historical lesson for our century and all times: the danger of assuming that because people are in positions of responsibility they are necessarily behaving responsibly.

Author Bio

McCollough, David :

Writer and historian David McCullough is a popular lecturer, teacher, television host, and award-winning author of three widely acclaimed books: The Path Between the Seas, The Great Bridge, and Mornings on Horseback. He is twice winner of the American Book Award (formerly the National Book Award) and winner of the Parkman Prize, the highest honor conferred by the Society of American Historians. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. McCullough spent summers in his youth in the mountains near Johnstown, and was educated at Yale University. He lives with his family in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
I The sky was red
II Sailboats on the mountain
III "There's a man came from the lake."
IV Rush of the torrent
V "Run for your lives!"
VI message from Mr. Pitcairn
VII In the valley of death
VIII "No pen can describe"
IX "Our misery is the work of man."

List of Victims
Bibliography
Index

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