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The Johnstown Flood
If you're ready for a book that reads like an action-packed thriller, this one's for you. In 1889 an earthen dam holding back a large lake, burst and flooded Johnstown, PA and other small towns in the valley below. The lake was made for a fishing club where wealthy people, including Andrew Carnegie, who came from nearby Pittsburgh for a quiet time in their "cottages" , three story structures oozing with money. The inhabitants of the small towns in the valley below had occasionally worried about the dam which had been repaired, obviously badly, a dozen years before. A couple of days of horrendous storms made the lake go over the top and the dam gave way, sending the entire lake down the valley with catastrophic results. The stories of the survivors are riveting, such as the man who jumped from rooftop to rooftop as they whizzed by until finding one that seemed sturdy enough to hold. I couldn't put this down. David McCullough has given us a well written page-turner that you won't soon forget.
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