The Johnstown Flood

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  • Title: The Johnstown Flood
  • Author: David McCullough
  • ISBN: 9780671207144
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback

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The Johnstown Flood

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  1. David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback His other widely praised books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Great Bridge, and The Johnstown Flood He has been honored with the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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  1. The Johnstown Flood or Great Flood of 1889 as it became known locally occurred on May 31, 1889 It was the result of the catastrophic failure of the South Fork Dam situated on the Little Conemaugh River 14 miles 23 km upstream of the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA, made worse by several days of extremely heavy rainfall The dam s failure unleashed a torrent of 20 million tons of water 4.8 billion U.S gallons 18.2 million cubic meters 18.2 billion litres from the reservoir known as Lake Conem [...]


  2. What a magnificent story of impending doom, all that could be easily avoided were it not for human greed and lack of caring about the working person by 19th century capitalists that built the dam and the mills as well as the managers than ran the town s industry as well as the town itself An excellent museum of the flood is in Johnstown, too, with a chilling electronic diorama of the disaster as it unfolded One of my best friends is now a sociologist teaching at UP Johnstown, where his dissertat [...]


  3. Most of the people in Johnstown never saw the water coming they only heard it and those who lived to tell about it would for years after try to describe the sound of the thing as it rushed on them Exceptionally well written and researched exploration of the incredibly horrific Johnstown, Pennsylvania Flood, and the contributory causes, both natural and man derived, inadvertent and neglectful, which killed over 2,000 people, decimating entire families and wiping complete towns off the map David M [...]


  4. Please read the GR book description I will not repeat what is there It is to the point and absolutely correct concerning the book s content, the author s manner of writing and what future generations should take note of Look at the last sentence one time It the flood 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 In my view this sentence could be improv [...]


  5. This book should be read by every American Every human I don t really say that often, but this book is incredibly important McCullough is an absolute treasure He tells this story with such detail and authenticity, and yet makes it compelling, harrowing even, and utterly human He is objective and fair, and thorough without slipping into tedium The parallels to the Katrina disaster are haunting, beyond just the natural disaster and flooding elements The socio economic disparities that marked the l [...]


  6. I picked up this, the first of McCullough s three civil engineering micro histories, to scratch my itch of a notion that the flood was a seminal event in US history Turns out that notion was only half right The Johnstown Flood was a seminal event The cataract was terrible and awesome and one of a kind But the story has mostly faded from history Unlike other national disasters eg, the attacks on Pearl Harbor and 9 11 , this one didn t blossom into a nation rallying justification for kicking ass T [...]


  7. It had been the horrible tempest, with flood and fire come as a destruction from the Almighty It had been awful, but it had been God awful David McCullough, The Johnstown FloodI was wrapping a couple of my first edition, eBay book purchases with mylar and discovered my first edition The Johnstown Flood had a bit of water damage to the spine I took this as a positive portent ex d r s diluvium it was time to read it One couldn t find a better divination that it is time to read a book unless one st [...]


  8. Could be subtitled Everything You Wanted to Know About the Johnstown Flood but Were Afraid to Ask Audiotape read by actor Edward Herrmann Here are some of my takeaways 1 David McCullough deserves all of the praise heaped upon him He is truly a great nonfiction writer for our time 2 One of the one star reviews complained about the boring opening I m guessing that person never finished the book Looking into the details of what happened beforehand is necessary to understand how it happened Not ever [...]


  9. There is something about this book that completely captivated me Perhaps it was my morbid curiosity, about the details of how the South Fork dam was improperly maintained, how it broke, and the ensuing rush of a wall of water down the valley Although Johnstown was completely demolished, there were enough survivors to help recreate much of the chronology of events There are plenty of stories from individuals about life and death decisions, sometimes successful rescues, and sometimes unsuccessful [...]


  10. Excellent history of the flood of May 31, 1889 A dam supporting a lake for summer retreat for Pittsburgh s finest Frick, Phillips, Carnegie, Mellon burst The engineering is interesting The dam was earthen, which is still very common However, an earthen dam needs to be higher in the center if a dam overflows, it should be at the edges , a spill way over rock earth erodes under fast water , and a discharge system to maintain water level In this case, the original Dam was properly built to support [...]


  11. McCullough s specialty is narrative history, and this book does not disappoint His descriptions of the life of the town, and its sudden and violent death are vivid and astonishing in equal measure The technical aspects of the disaster are not glossed over, neither, and the irresponsibility of some is a warning which has become forgotten, and only too many parallels can be made to other disasters in recent memory.


  12. On May 31, 1889, the city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania was all but obliterated by one of the most devastating floods in American history There were over 2,000 fatalities Just over one in every people who lived in the city or the surrounding area died At the time, it was the worst natural disaster in American history, but the circumstances surrounding the disaster illuminate the particular nature of American class and culture.I can t go any further without noting the particular situation I found my [...]


  13. I can see why the author s won two non fiction Pulitzers This is a solid story of the failure of the South Fork Dam and the resulting flooding of South Fork, Mineral Point, East Conemaugh, Woodvale, and Johnstown Mr McCullough explained very well, the main 4 faults of the dam as well as the subsequent storm and resulting flood succinctly, accurately and with compassion He also has a fine sense of humor that is revealed appropriately when recounting the witty and wry comments of survivors I was m [...]


  14. A wall of water, estimated by modern scientists to have been as high as 60 feet in some places, came crashing through a valley living in the shadow of a dam built to create a hobby spot for the ultra elite of the day Carnegie, Mellon, and all the railroad and steel royalty of the time By the time it reached Johnstown is had already wiped several towns off the face of the map, and could only be seen as a just wave of rubbish, many died before they even saw the water In all, several thousand peopl [...]


  15. David McCullough has a genius for telling stories that compel, fascinate and engage There was a flood, the damn broke and a town was flooded McCullough elevates this sequence of events into high drama few fictions would rival I frequently explain to students that history isn t what happened, it s the art of interpreting what it means and how we can use it In this tragedy, McCullough holds a mirror to the society of the time From the corruption that resulted in a weakened dam endangering thousand [...]


  16. I am reading this book as Memphis is on the local news about floodingting timing But most of all, I am reminded about a great flood in my childhood which occurred in 1972 in Rapid City, SD, near my hometown That year 238 people died in a flash flood, reminiscent of this one, although no dam was the culprit for that flood The Johnstown Flood was over 10 times as bad Why didn t I learn of it in US History class This was excellent research It was interesting to learn about all the dramatic tales, r [...]


  17. Zzzzzz.Some background is necessary, but do we really need to know the entire history of the frigging dam including the names and physical descriptions of all the people who so much as glanced at tlhe damn dam and the physical make up of its dirt Maybe so But I don t want to read it zzzzzzz


  18. The Johnstown Flood The Incredible Story Behind One of the Most Devastating Disasters America Has Ever Known by David McCullough 302 pages I love David McCullough He is a great historian and his books reach to all kinds of people not just a big history geek like myself He has had quite a career, writing history books for nearly 50 years Johnstown Flood is his first book, published in 1968 This fascinated me because I have read mostly his recent work so reading his start and the changes through t [...]


  19. If you re ready for a book that reads like an action packed thriller, this one s for you In 1889 an earthen dam holding back a large lake, burst and flooded Johnstown, PA and other small towns in the valley below The lake was made for a fishing club where wealthy people, including Andrew Carnegie, who came from nearby Pittsburgh for a quiet time in their cottages , three story structures oozing with money The inhabitants of the small towns in the valley below had occasionally worried about the d [...]


  20. I love the way author David McCullough writes about history He makes it an easy to read exciting story that makes me feel as if I am there and that is how I felt as I sat with my heart thumping reading the real experiences people had in the 1889 Johnstown Flood Imagine the horror of having the warnings about the breaking of the dam during heavy rain and the rivers lakes overflowing known but not getting to your ears until the rushing waters packed with trees, train cars and houses come crashing [...]


  21. Incredible historical detail I listened to the audio book and had to really concentrate at times to not lose track of all the characters David McCullough builds up to the flood so the reader has a thorough understanding of the economy, geography, transportation, and sociocultural make up of Johnstown in 1889, before getting swept into the actual flood disaster It made me think of our experiences with 1997 Red River flood and Hurricane Katrina.


  22. This is a straightforward accounting of the tragedy of May 31, 1889, at Johnstown, PA Having visited the site of the former dam, and the Flood Museum, I knew some of what was discussed, but still found the material to be of interest So many lives and property were destroyed and yet no one seemed to pay the cost except for the victims themselves Greed and indifference took their toll.


  23. I ve been meaning to read a David McCullough book for a while, and with no particular idea of where to start, I defaulted to The Johnstown Flood, his first book Little did I know that mere weeks after I finished it, the US would be suffering through the impact of a major hurrican and a flood the size of the state of Michigan that would make the images in the book pale in comparison to those on the news.Nonetheless, this is a compelling story for those who are interested in disaster narratives or [...]


  24. I have lived for years within an easy drive of Johnstown, PA, and I ve long been aware of the big flood that everyone in the area associates with that unfortunate town one of the great disasters in the history of the US I also knew about the wealthy Pittsburghers who were members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, which failed to properly maintain the lake and dam that burst to cause the flood.So it took me a long time to get around to reading David McCullough s book, because I figured [...]


  25. Imagine a busy Memorial Day Weekend in the late 1800 s in a booming industrial town Relentless rain is inundating the festivities and rivers are steadily rising, slowly drenching everything in sight Overall, the locals and visitors are in good spirits, making the best out of a bad situation with good humor and determination Looming 14 miles away from this bustling coal and steel town, a reservoir holding 20 million gallons of water is reaching its breaking point Just as darkness falls, the dam c [...]


  26. The author certainly had his hands full with reassembling the mountain of research that made an intriguing novel possible A labor of love It was a pitiful tale that still holds true today the lives of many being in the hands of so few.In the mountains above the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the year 1889, set nestled an old earthen dam It s lakeside features had attracted the likes of the rich and famous Luxurious homes were scattered along the waterfront No attention was given to the integri [...]


  27. It was after seeing something about this 1889 disaster on television that I decided I needed to know about The Johnstown Flood, and David McCullough s chronicle couldn t have been engaging or enjoyable.To set the scene, a group of rich industrialists and businessmen, including Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon, buy and develop the area surrounding and including Lake Conemaugh, a manmade lake created by damming the Southfork River, about 15 miles up the canyon from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, turn [...]


  28. This was the first book I ever ready by David McCullough, and quite honestly, it put me off his writing for years I did finally give him another chance, and was pleasantly surprised to find he was not as horrible as I thought The problem with this book is that really, the Johnstown flood does not deserve a book Half a book, maybe, or a nice documentary film, but not a whole book The events were simple Johnstown decides to let rich people play around with their dam, dam gets into disrepair, torre [...]


  29. I have no idea how McCullough was able to find so much information about this incident and weave it into such an enthralling narrative, but this book is rich in detail and anecdotes that bring excitement to a depressing topic It is in part an age old story of wealthy elites having little to no regard for the consequences of their extravagances A dam was installed to create a lake that was eventually owned and maintained by the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club whose members were mostly extreme [...]


  30. It is not an exaggeration to list The Johnstown Flood as the most significant American natural disaster of the 19th Century Though an exact number is not known, 2209 is regarded as the most accepted death toll some 400 fatalities than Hurricane Katrina Only two hurricanes and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake registered fatalities in U.S history.But was it really a natural disaster The story of the Johnstown Flood reads like Hurricane Katrina than a century later Hundreds died and an entire c [...]


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