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    DescriptionThe stunning story of one of America's great disasters, a preventable tragedy of Gilded Age America, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough. At the end of the nineteenth century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. 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. Despite repeated warnings of possible danger, nothing was done about the dam. Then came May 31, 1889, when the dam burst, sending a wall of water thundering down the mountain, smashing through Johnstown, and killing more than 2,000 people. It was a tragedy that became a national scandal. 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. 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 necessarily behaving responsibly.

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    The Johnstown Flood
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David G McCullough
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 302
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 159 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    ISBN 13: 9780671207144
    ISBN 10: 0671207148

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    B&T General Subject: 431
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS036040, HIS036080, SOC040000, HIS000000
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    DC22: 974.877
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    LC classification: F159.J7M16
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    Edition statement
    2nd Touchstone ed
    Illustrations note
    illustrations, index
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    Publication date
    15 January 1987
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    John Leonard "The New York Times" We have no better social historian.