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The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
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Jun 12, 2009

really liked it
Read in June, 2009

I listened to this book while we were traveling to and from Nauvoo. Very interesting. David McCullough can make anything interesting I think. What did I learn from it . . . 1 - the goodness in people that can be found amidst tragedy 2- the futility and sadness that is found in finger-pointing, fault-finding and long-term grudge-holding and law suits. This tragic event (and I think many tragic situations) have a myriad of causes and many people involved - there is beauty in forgiveness and great ugliness in resentment. 3 - The danger in the diffusion of responsibility - everyone thinking someone else is 'taking care of it'. 4 - The importance of recognizing when I am 'out of my league'. Making sure the 'experts' (i.e. qualified engineers in this case) take care of situations when experts are called for. 5 - Seeking out accurate information and data during emergencies - and using my own judgment and not the judgment of a crowd to make decisions

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