Condition: Good. Paperback. The story is at times riveting, as people are trapped inside houses that are uprooted and swept to a position against a strong bridge. What if it's all a lie? A good book but not an easy book to read due to a laborious style. He also has a fine sense of humor that is revealed appropriately when recounting the witty and wry comments of survivors. Pages and cover are clean and intact. It was a tragedy that became a national scandal. Condition: Good. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Book Good. some shelfwear/edgewear but still NICE! An excellent read, falling short of an incisive indictment of corporate greed that contributed to the catastrophe. I admire and cannot fathom how people who lose a child pick up the pieces and move on, but the idea of a woman losing her husband and 7 of her children, having only the one left, or any combination of grief that this flood caused is staggering to me. Graced by David McCullough's remarkable gift for writing richly textured, sympathetic social history, The Johnstown Flood is an absorbing, classic portrait of life in nineteenth-century America, of overweening confidence, of energy, and of tragedy. Volume 4. Seller Inventory # S_290224018. Working one day at the New York Public Library, hoping to locate biographical material on some of the more notable figures in the rise of the Johnstown steel industry, I found myself getting nowhere. Published by Seller Inventory # 3310798095. Paperback. A copy that may have a few cosmetic defects. 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 … You don't want to miss this! Condition: Acceptable. “The club people took it for granted that the men who rebuilt the dam - the men reputed to be expert in such matters - handled the job properly. May also contain a few markings such as an owner's name, short gifter's inscription or light stamp. This was excellent research. McCullough is an absolute treasure. When asked how he settled on subjects of his plays and novels, he said he would imagine a story he would love to see performed on stage or read in a book, and if, after checking around, he found no one had written what he was looking for, he would write it himself, so he could see it performed or read it. Something went wrong. More information about this seller When I think of the circumstances by which the book came to be so long back, I cannot help but feel more than ever a sense of genuine amazement. Condition: Good. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. At Point Park in Johnstown, at the confluence of the Stonycreek and Little Conemaugh rivers, an eternal flame burns in memory of the flood victims. Simon & Schuster, 1987. (Carlisle, PA, U.S.A.), About this Item: Simon & Schuster, 1987. A porter as we passed through the town pointed out landmarks connected to the flood. THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD, ONCE AN EAGLE, AMMIE COME HOME, GONE A TRIO OF SHORT STORIES, SARANG READER'S DIGEST CONDENSED BOOKS AUTUMN SELECTIONS An Episode of Sparrows, the Battle of the Villa Fiorita, the Kitchen Madonna by McCullough, C. , Myrer, Anton, Michaels, B. , Godden, Rumer, Caras, Roger A. and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at … The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., Pleasantville Ny. Midtown Scholar Bookstore | Contact this seller However, in May of 1889 unusually heavy rains fell on the Johnstown area. John Adams is good but got slow for me in the middle. More information about this seller From the first major disaster relief by the American Red Cross and Clara Barton outside of a war, on over to the number of folks who just showed up to work and help in clearance of debris or recovery of the bodies. (Toledo, OH, U.S.A.), About this Item: Simon & Schuster. That sort of tragedy, thank god, is so far removed from my own life that to read about it is literally beyond comprehension- I know that its terrible, it shakes me in my bones, but I continue to feel. A dam supporting a lake for summer retreat for Pittsburgh’s finest (Frick, Phillips, Carnegie, Mellon) burst. That's 5 star. 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. The people of Johnstown inspect the remaining walls of the town's Catholic church, after the flood of 1899. During vacations from my job at American Heritage, I would go off to Johnstown to do research at the local library and in the local newspaper files, and to interview a number of survivors of the disaster who were still living in the area and who contributed much of value. His award-winning histories of the, David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for, Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy, The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific. Condition: Good. Boards have rubbed edges. 5. The big storm hits and then there is the dithering by the land owners of the resort that was built up by the dam, the dam breaking and the disbelief that it broke and then the untold gallons of water that goes washing down the valley. HPB-Movies 12. Hardcover. © 2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved. Greed and indifference took their toll. A chilling account of Charles Whitman Jr and one of the largest school shootings in American history. Seller Inventory # 3310213285. Awesome writing by America’s narrative nonfiction master, David McCullough, the Pulitzer Prize - winning author of John Adams and Truman and recent bestseller, the Wright Brothers (see my review of 2/17/2016) relates the horrible details of America’s worst disaster of its time, the Johnstown Flood. All Rights Reserved. Seller Inventory # S_290535510. Condition: Acceptable. Condition: Good. Tags Johnstown, Pennsylvania It is a good recounting of the famous Johnstown, PA flood in 1889. The second part chronicles the bursting of the dam on May 31 1889 and its release of 14.5 million cubic meters of water on its fourteen mile trip down the mountain, wiping out everything on its way to Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Condition: Near Fine. “Not a nickel was ever collected through damage suits from the South Fork Fishing and Hunting club or from any of its members. I don't really say that often, but this book is incredibly important. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. And though it would be a while before I could get started on my Johnstown project, the pull of the idea never lessened. The Dam broke at 3:10 and it took an hour to travel the 15 miles to Johnstown. Our BookSleuth is specially designed for you. IV 1968: The Johnstown Flood - Once an Eagle - Ammie, Come Home - Gone:A Trio of Short Stories - Sarang. 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. Their ranks included not only bankers and financiers but doctors and scientists. I didn't like the Path Between the. Satisfaction 100% guaranteed. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. I have a lot of his books and can only hope that he gets better at a narrative story style. Pages are clean, text has no markings, binding is sound. Seller Inventory # S_290868419. The Rothschilds: The Dynasty And The Legacy, Documenting America: Lessons from the United States' Historical Documents, The JFK Assassination Evidence Handbook: Issues, Evidence & Answers. The Johnstown Flood was over 10 times as bad. And yet, the main culprit was the weather and the sheer amount of rain that came down, coupled with bad timber management, a poor rebuild of the damn, and South Fork's rather casual lack of concern with the problem that had been growing for years. While the members of the club were vilified in the press (not the individual members as the list was not know until a year later), none was held financial responsible or criminally negligent. One of my best friends is now a sociologist teaching at UP-Johnstown, where his dissertation on the deindustrialization of the steel industry earned him an interview in the early days of academic positions starting to be hard to come by, and he cinched it! Soft cover. Simon & Schuster, ISBN 10: 0671207148ISBN 13: 9780671207144, From: Possible ex library copy, with all the markings/stickers of that library. Simon & Schuster. Condition: POOR. Then in the 1870s, Ruff sets up the South Fork fishing club and buys the property including dam from the Pennsylvania railroad and re-builds the dam sloppily. Condition: Very Good +. From the state that built the damn to support a canal project and then failed to maintain it, to the initial damage that happened to the damn in a storm during the Civil War and finally on over to the Pittsburgh barons who wanted a summer house away from Lake Erie and only a short train ride from Pittsburgh and their changes to the dam and failure to hire the right engineers to understand how to maintain the damn, let alone upgrade it to support the changes that came along. Seller Inventory # 0671207148-17. Seller Inventory # 314IEV001O7K. Every human. The people of Johnstown inspect the remaining walls of the town's Catholic church, after the flood of 1899. It is an easy to read account of a disaster on a scale that is hard to imagine and was avoidable if it had been handled by professionals. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Seller Inventory # W08J-00544. Possible ex library copy, will have the markings and stickers associated from the library. An excellent museum of the flood is in Johnstown, too, with a chilling electronic diorama of the disaster as it unfolded. (Tucson, AZ, U.S.A.), About this Item: Simon & Schuster, 1987. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. (Toledo, OH, U.S.A.), About this Item: Reader's Digest Association. Hardcover.

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