Johnstown Flood

Johnstown Flood

Downloadable Audiobook - 2005
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2005
ISBN: 9780743590310
0743590317

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IV27HUjg
Aug 22, 2015

Brilliant. DM, a national treasure, gives another minutely researched event of the last decade of 1800. This devastating flood took at least 2500 lives, many of which were never recovered & many which appeared 10 years later. Narrated by the wonderful voice of Edward Herrmann, lost to us in 2014. This account is fascinating. What struck me as relevant to the present is how wild, inaccurate stories get started & passed on as fact, thus inflaming the greater populace. As now, the media jumps in with misinformation.

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Chaoticmuse
Sep 11, 2014

David McCullough knows how to tell a story that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens. He does the perfect disaster movie style by introducing the characters as they live their lives under a looming disaster that only the reader can see. Epic, terrifying, tragic. The reader does an excellent job.

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