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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,318 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David McCullough Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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

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Quotes & Awards

  • “We have no better social historian.”

    New York Times

  • “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.”

    New Yorker

  • “McCullough has resurrected the flood for a generation that may know it in name only. He proves the subject is still fresh and spectacular.”

    Book World

  • “One of the United States’ most highly regarded popular historians, David McCullough, and one of the best narrators of audiobooks, Edward Herrmann—an AudioFile Golden Voice—together create an excellent production. The story told by McCullough and brought to life in Herrmann’s sonorous voice is a gripping tale.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jason Dills | 2/2/2014

    " 1000 little mistakes had to happen for one enormous disaster to happen. This is a detailed account of how that could and did happen in 19th century USA. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary | 1/17/2014

    " Fascinating book. Well researched; well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Annie Oosterwyk | 1/5/2014

    " I read this as background for a novel and found it to be even more interesting than the novel itself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Gail | 1/5/2014

    " BORING !!!!! Maybe because I lived through a less devastating but definitely catastrophic flood here last year........during Hurricane Irene.........maybe too much like a teacher.........but I found this very difficult to get through.........so I skimmed through a lot. I am definitely in the minority though....this is a very highly rated book....so don't go by me. "

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