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The Johnstown Flood

3 Ratings: 3.7
A book by David McCullough

The history of civil engineering may sound boring, but in David McCullough's hands it is, well, riveting. His award-winning histories of theBrooklyn Bridgeand thePanama Canalwere preceded by this account of the disastrous dam failure that drowned Johnstown, … see full wiki

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Author: David McCullough
Genre: History
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
3 reviews about The Johnstown Flood
review by . December 04, 2010
The Johnstown flood is one of the great unknown tragedies in American history. Today it is almost an unknown footnote to the late 19th century. However, at the time the Johnstown Flood was the biggest story since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It was a tragedy of biblical proportion ... really, afterward many Sunday sermons compared the flood to the one of Noah's time. The flood wiped a city entirely off the map, and created a scandal that involved some of the richest men in America.      …
review by . November 11, 2004
There's little I can add to others' praise for this fine book. McCullough is a great writer now, and he was a great writer in 1968 when he was only in his mid-thirties. Perhaps if McCullough were redoing the book today, he would cite his sources and reduce the number of characters who are introduced at the beginning and then only brought back at the end when the reader has forgotten who they are. Otherwise, Johnstown Flood is a model of grace, clarity and style. Effortless reads like this book require …
review by . August 13, 2000
David McCullough firmly embeds his devastating account of the Johnstown Flood in the social history of late 19th century America. The pre-flood history of the small Pennsylvania mountain villages brought to mind a combination of "The Music Man" and the "dark, satanic mills" of the Industrial Revolution (steel, in this case). Throw in a mixture of class war and the prejudice of the 'native' Americans versus the recently arrived Eastern European immigrants, and the book tells a good story even without …
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