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The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
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Apr 19, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction, history, man-made-disaster, sociology-psychology, survival
Read in December, 2003

For the once thriving post Civil War steel town of Johnstown, the flood was an epic disaster of biblical proportions. The devastation wrought by the ill fated mountain reservoir (and the faulty earth damn meant to keep it at bay) completely eliminated three valley towns in it’s path. The fifty foot high flood wall literally scoured the valley of all trace of a town, a people or a tree. McCullough, as always, captures the entire town-in-time and then takes us into the action through the eyes of the scrambling survivors. His story is so well researched and descriptive you would swear he must have been there — you’ll swear you were almost there too! Read during the monsoon season for the full effect. 12/10/03
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