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message 1: by Matt (new)

Matt Great review, Christy. I thoroughly enjoy McCullough's works and have always wanted to tackle this one.


message 2: by Christy (new)

Christy Thanks, Matt! As I recall, it was a quick and engaging read. It really is a classic story of the "haves" and "have nots" in the US, and how the latter will pay with both livelihood and lives.


message 3: by Sebastien (new)

Sebastien Interesting, I had no idea of the dynamic of this book being a haves and have nots story, makes me much more interested in reading it.


message 4: by Carol (new)

Carol Read this when it was first published. Excellent book as was your review.


message 5: by C. (new)

C. Re: Christy, your excellent review is the reason that I added this one to my TBR list!


message 6: by Christy (new)

Christy Sebastien wrote: "Interesting, I had no idea of the dynamic of this book being a haves and have nots story, makes me much more interested in reading it."

McCullough, as good liberal, didn't couch it "class warfare" terms, of course, Sebastien, but that is what I read into it, and took from it. Pitting recent White ethics against the prior wave did remind me of socialist Sinclair's The Jungle. I'm also despairing writing this thinking about what that PA steel mill industrialist, Mellon, defined "recessions" as times when money flows back to its rightful owner. (We shouldn't be surprised by the current concentration of wealth, then?)


message 7: by Christy (new)

Christy Carol wrote: "Read this when it was first published. Excellent book as was your review."

Thanks, Carol! One of the pure joys of GRs is when others note an "oldie but goldie" for me, I can relive it through a brief review, and give my 2 cents to others, too. :-)


message 8: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson I have loved every book David McCullough has ever written. A great author who makes history come alive.


message 9: by Diana (new)

Diana Andrews My husband & I visited the Johnstown Flood Museum 2 years ago (as well as the Nat’l Railroaders Museum, the Altoona Horseshoe Curve, & the Flight 93 Memorial). It is a very moving museum. I, too, have read a few of David McCullough’s books, including The Wright Brothers & The Great Bridge. He certainly makes history come alive!


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