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ISBN13: 9780671207144
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Hera, January 25, 2014 (view all comments by Hera)

This was Mc Cullough's first book , and I think one of his best . His depiction of the contrasts between the wealthy and the poor classes in Johnstown are riveting and just as relevant today . As on the Titanic , the rich enjoyed all the pleasures their wealth could buy . They made Johnstown their vacation destination , building large estates and a dam to create a lake for their boating and fishing . That the poor lived in locations below the dam was not a consideration in their plans to create their luxurious resort .
Many lives were lost because of this greed and McCullough captures the terror of the event and the plight of the many men ,women and children lost in the man- made disaster.
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Karen Sato, October 10, 2006 (view all comments by Karen Sato)
An intimate, detailed look at the historical Johnstown flood that reveals the astonishing characters and events behind this 19th century manmade disaster. An eloquent writer, David McCullough brings the 1880's vividly to life in a way that is touching, educational, and uncomfortably relevant to our own times.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780671207144
Author:
McCullough, David
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Gilded Age
Subject:
Flood, 1889
Subject:
State
Subject:
Floods
Subject:
Johnstown (Pa.) History.
Subject:
Johnstown
Subject:
Disasters & Disaster Relief
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
Subject:
Floods -- Pennsylvania.
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Johnstown Pennsylvania, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, Andrew Mellon, coal, steel, Industrial Revolution, coal country, steel country, severe flood, massive flood, drowning deaths, dam, dam bursts, tycoons, May 31, 1889, national tragedy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Touchstone Book
Series Volume:
no. 32
Publication Date:
January 1987
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
NONE
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 13.65 oz

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Product details 304 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780671207144 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A first rate example of the documentary method....Mr. McCullough is a good writer and painstaking reporter and he has re-created that now almost mythic cataclysm...with the thoroughness the subject demands."
"Synopsis" by , The stunning story of one of Americaand#8217;s great disasters, a preventable tragedy of Gilded Age America, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;At the end of the nineteenth century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nationand#8217;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. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Graced by David McCulloughand#8217;s remarkable gift for writing richly textured, sympathetic social history, andlt;Iandgt;The Johnstown Floodandlt;/Iandgt; is an absorbing, classic portrait of life in nineteenth-century America, of overweening confidence, of energy, and of 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.
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