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Johnstown Flood
Johnstown Flood | David McCullough
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The stunning story of one of Americas 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 nations 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 McCulloughs 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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Lauram
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I finished this book 4 months ago for #Johnstownread. This was my third book by McCullough and probably my favorite of the three. McCullough gives plenty of information that helped me to better understand all of the factors that made the flood so disastrous.

Lauram A friend of mine read the book with me. On Friday and Saturday, we went on a mini road trip to visit the Johnstown area. The above pictures are from our tour. We walked on dam remnants, went inside the exclusive clubhouse that was once lakefront property, drove by the stone bridge that blocked burning debris, and visited the cemetery where the flood victims were buried.

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Librarybelle I need to visit Johnstown and visit the sites as well. It sounds like a good visit, but yet also a humbling one. Thank you for sharing! 1mo
Amiable Oh, I loved this one, too. I‘m a big fan of McCullough and I thought this was one of his best. 1mo
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Crazeedi @Lauram do you live in PA? Ive been through Johnstown but have never visited the places. I've read a couple great books about the flood, so sad the things that were ignored 1mo
Crazeedi @Librarybelle then you can drive 90 minutes north and visit me!😉😍 1mo
Lauram @Librarybelle I‘ll give you plenty of notification if there‘s another McCullough trip in my future! The NPS tour around the dam and lake was really great. (edited) 1mo
Lauram @Crazeedi No, I don‘t live I. PA. I‘m in North East Ohio. 1mo
Crazeedi @Lauram ❤👍 1mo
Crazeedi @Lauram you're close to me anyway I'm sure, we vacation at pymatuning, we live near venango/clarion/butler county line! 1mo
kspenmoll This was such a great book! 1mo
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howjessreads
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#30junebooks - day 13 - made you cry. •
This history of the Johnstown flood was so good and so infuriating. The destruction made me cry, because it could have been avoided, if the rich sailing club had maintained their dam better!

paulfrankspencer I went to the Johnstown Flood Museum countless times when I was young. Don't remember much about it anymore, though. Maybe I should give it a read. 2mo
howjessreads @paulfrankspencer It‘s really good! Worth the read! 2mo
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Librarybelle
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Amazingly, this is my least favorite of McCullough‘s books I‘ve read, but it‘s still good - the beginning didn‘t completely capture me. But, McCullough verbally paints a picture of horror and fear and devastation that is shocking. It‘s a testament to the power of nature, as well as arguably the power of greed. Recommended. Finished for #JohnstownRead and this also fits (sadly) #SomethingWithADeath for #Nonfiction2019 .

howjessreads I never finished this one. Listened to about half on audio (while pregnant and hormonal), and cried so much driving to work one day that I had to pull over because I couldn‘t see. 😭😭 Maybe now I‘m brave enough to reattempt. 😜 6mo
Kaye Great review. 6mo
Librarybelle @howjessreads It is a hard read. Some of the documented stories are almost too unreal. 6mo
Librarybelle Thanks, @kaye ! 6mo
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kspenmoll
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#friYAYintro
1) view from my front porch.
2) Adore where I live; wonderful neighbors,pub, walks by Farmington River, an old cemetery that has headstones dating back in 1700s, over a bridge, a nearby gorge-
3)The tagged book
4)Read most often in evenings & before bed. Only can read mornings on weekends.
5)Tortellini Carbonara & salad

AmyG Lovely 6mo
kspenmoll @AmyG Indeed. I am in love with my porch & it‘s views! ❤️ Thank you! (edited) 6mo
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Librarybelle
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4. How did the townspeople cope after the flood? Talk about the administrative, governmental measures they undertook the day after the deluge. Were you impressed by their level-headedness or ingenuity?

#JohnstownRead

Librarybelle Question from LitLovers.com 6mo
Lauram I‘m always surprised that in situations like Johnstown, there are individuals willing to step up, organize, and lead others. Despite the intense loss of life and trauma experienced by these people, they find a way to move on. 6mo
Lauram But I‘m not sure they did cope? I think there are certainly those that did and those who didn‘t. The kindness and generosity of others around the US and world as well as humanitarian efforts certainly helps to comfort and protect those who were suffering. 6mo
Librarybelle Yes, @Lauram - it was amazing to see those who took charge until “reinforcements” arrived. Coping is such a strong word for a situation like this - how can someone cope? Many people left and most were traumatized forever from their experiences. 6mo
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Librarybelle
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3. Is McCullough able—through his use of only language and imagery—to create a vivid picture of what the wall of water would have looked like? Overall, are McCullough's descriptive powers as a writer up to the task?

#JohnstownRead

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IamIamIam Absolutely... I've been to Niagara Falls so it gave me pause when McCullough said the force of the lake was like letting the Niagara River run through the town for 30 plus minutes. I was stunned by how terrifying that must have been!! 6mo
Lauram McCullough is absolutely able to create a vivid picture. Comparisons to Niagara Falls, the death mist, and the sentence that described the top layer of mud that traveled ahead of the water (I can‘t find the specifics of the sentence) were amazing and terrifying. 6mo
Librarybelle He painted such a vivid picture! It was horrific but yet spellbinding, however horrible that sounds. He‘s a perfect wordsmith for this, and he even added a few bits of humor in the telling. @IamIamIam @Lauram 6mo
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Librarybelle
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2. Could something of the magnitude of the Johnstown Flood happen today? Why...or why not? Or would you say that we have, in fact, experienced similar kinds of man-made disasters in recent years?

#JohnstownRead

Librarybelle Question from LitLovers.com 6mo
IamIamIam I was amazed to find that there were 2 subsequent floods of the same area in the 1930s and 1977! The weather patterns seem to be cyclical if the area floods that frequently 6mo
IamIamIam And I'm sorry to give an answer that I didn't fully research on that one... lol, I'm also thinking of rainfall and drainage in PA following the flood of Hershey Park. That was 2 days after we left the campgrounds!!! 6mo
Lauram These disasters have happened since Johnstown and will continue to happen. Admittedly no lives have been lost, but in my area there has been a lot of surprise flooding as certain areas become more developed, infrastructure isn‘t well maintained, and storms have become more intense due to climate change. 6mo
Librarybelle @IamIamIam The Hershey flooding! I live about an hour away from Hershey...it was bad and scary. I agree with @Lauram - development and climate change are leading causes to modern day flooding issues. I‘ve seen flooding where there has never been flooding before, thanks to new construction. 6mo
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Librarybelle
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1. McCullough insists that the Johnstown flood was not a natural disaster. Is he right? Where McCullough lays the blame? The dam was repaired after its purchase in 1879—why were those repairs not sufficient? Should individuals have been held accountable?

#JohnstownRead

Tadams4 Such a well done book! So many layers of problems contributing to the disaster which could have been prevented. 6mo
Librarybelle Question from LitLovers.com 6mo
Librarybelle @Tadams4 So true - so many things contributed to the disaster that could have been prevented! 6mo
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IamIamIam I agree that it was not a natural disaster because it was documented that vital elements were removed and compromised the integrity of the dam after it was purchased. I believe that was the second owners. Please correct me if I'm wrong but the dam had been seen to be sagging in the center years before anything happened so signs were there. 6mo
Lauram Like @Tadams4 said, there were so many layers of problems that contributed to the disaster. It was certainly man-made- they didn‘t use the best resources available (engineers, materials) changing geological features (removal of trees, obstructed rivers). 6mo
Lauram @IamIamIam You‘re not wrong. There were a lot of overlooked issues. 6mo
Librarybelle Yes, @IamIamIam and @Lauram - the dam was sagging (I think because the club asked for it to be lowered to accommodate a road??). I kept thinking it was a “perfect storm” of sorts, the rains and the dam construction and the lack of initial fear or worry. 6mo
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Librarybelle
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Today‘s the day for discussion! I‘m going to post the questions under the spoiler. Admittedly, these are questions from the LitLovers website. I use this site a lot for my library book discussions. Sorry - I like crafting discussion questions on Litsy, but life‘s a little crazy at the moment!

Big thank you to everyone who joined in on #JohnstownRead . I loved reading the posts!

Librarybelle Sorry @Mdargusch ...I‘m having issues tagging you in the post, so I wanted to make sure you knew about the questions too! 6mo
IamIamIam LitLovers is great!!! It's such an awesome resource!! Looking forward to it and thanks for all you're doing! 6mo
Librarybelle @IamIamIam ❤️❤️❤️ I have the questions posted under #JohnstownRead , so whenever you‘re ready to answer, feel free! 6mo
IamIamIam @Librarybelle Will do!!! 6mo
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BridgetteM
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Wow! I am so glad I joined in on the #johnstownread! I had only ever read one other book by David McCullough, The Path Between the Seas, which I found to be kind of tedious. This book was anything but tedious. I was riveted! McCullough‘s description of the flood was so vivid I felt like I was watching a movie. Will definitely read more of him now!

@kspenmoll @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch @Librarybelle @IamIamIam

Librarybelle Thank you for joining us, and I‘m so glad you liked it! We picked a good one it looks like, @Lauram ! 6mo
Reviewsbylola I thought it was great too! I can be pretty picky about NF. 6mo
Mdargusch Great review and I loved this book but I‘m a big lover of NF. I found it riveting too. 6mo
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kspenmoll Great review! I enjoyed this book so much too- my brother, a construction engineer wants to read it now. I agree; it was riveting! (edited) 6mo
BridgetteM @Librarybelle Thank you for including me in this buddy read! If you ever decide to have another buddy read of a David McCullough book, I‘d be up for it! 6mo
BridgetteM @Reviewsbylola I don‘t read too much NF because I read to escape reality. This was one of those NF books that I might re-read. 6mo
BridgetteM @Mdargusch Thank you! I don‘t read too much NF, which I‘m determined to change. 6mo
BridgetteM @kspenmoll Hope your brother enjoys it! The info about the dam will probably mean more to him than it did to me... 6mo
BridgetteM @Lauram Sorry I forgot to tag you in the original post. 😳 6mo
Librarybelle I‘ll definitely let you know! 6mo
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Mdargusch
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Such a preventable tragedy happened in the mountains of Pennsylvania when a man made damn broke, washing away towns and cities in the path of the crashing water once held behind it. Thousands of people died in 1889 due to negligence of some of the rich and powerful that were responsible for the damn. The author does a great job telling the stories of the people before, during, and after the flood.
#johnstownread

Reviewsbylola Glad you liked it! 6mo
Librarybelle Yay! So glad you liked it. Thanks for joining! 6mo
BkClubCare Ok, this is weird. Was just looking up Janet Gaynor who starred in a 1026 movie... The Johnstown Flood. 6mo
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Lauram I just got done reading the section about the very wealthy individuals responsible for the dam. I‘m a bit behind, but I‘ll finish in a few days! 6mo
IamIamIam Glad you jumped in on this! 😁 6mo
kspenmoll So glad you joined in- this was so well researched & written- ! 6mo
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Lauram
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I have 10 minutes before my first meeting of the day. Just enough time to finish a chapter. #johnstownread

Librarybelle Nice! 6mo
IamIamIam That's definitely a good start to any meeting! 6mo
Amiable I loved this book. 6mo
Mdargusch 😁👍🏼 6mo
BridgetteM Hope it was a good chapter! 💕💕💕 6mo
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Reviewsbylola
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#johnstownread

This wasn‘t my favorite book, but I think I wasn‘t in the right mindset to devote it the concentration needed. There are a lot of narratives to follow, a lot of geography to follow, and some of the engineering was over my head. That said, the scope of this was perfect. The only thing I would have changed was I would have liked more information at the end as to how the cities rebuilt themselves and what happened in the meantime.

Librarybelle Thanks for joining us! I‘m still reading through the beginning part - haven‘t reached the flood yet. I plan to post some discussion questions on March 1. 6mo
Lauram I haven‘t made it through much of this book either @Librarybelle. I have a close friend who is reading this with me and we plan to visit Johnstown this summer. I look forward to seeing the area and learning more about the recovery/rebuilding. 6mo
IamIamIam The most fascinating thing about this is that it was not an isolated incident!!! There were 2 more floods of the same area!! 6mo
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Crazeedi This one was good 6mo
Mdargusch This illustration! 😵 6mo
BridgetteM I agree, I would have liked to learn more about the rebuilding process. 6mo
kspenmoll Love the illustration. Also would like to know more specifics about recovery/rebuilding. A trip to the town & it‘s museum sounds like a great idea @Lauram 6mo
Rebesta Love the painting. 6mo
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kspenmoll
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#coffeeandbooks #Saturdaymorning #sunshine #CapeCod
At the Cape-it‘s been way too long. My parents house is going on the market so I am savoring this weekend here with my sister. The sun just broke through so we are off for a walk in the beach after coffee.

BookishMarginalia What a lovely picture! Enjoy! 6mo
Zelma So inviting and pretty! 6mo
Wife Beautiful!🌹 6mo
kspenmoll @BookishMarginalia @Zelma @Wife Thank you. It‘s my parents house that we are getting ready to sell.😥 I have gotten years of enjoyment here-very lucky. 6mo
minkyb Love the Cape. Good luck! 6mo
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Reviewsbylola
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Ok so I finally started this one for #johnstownread.

The first two chapters were difficult for me to get through. I‘ll admit that I care very little about the building, maintenance, and purposes of a dam. My dear, I just don‘t give a damn. 🤷🏼‍♀️

But chapter 3 is starting off with the night before the flood and I‘m hoping this is where it picks up, literally and figuratively.

IamIamIam I read that twice because I expected a dam pun. 😂 The audio made that first civil engineering part go a bit faster, but having worked for civil engineers ages ago, I did enjoy it. Once it gets rolling, though, put on your seatbelt!!! 🤘 6mo
Cinfhen Hahaha!! Love the Scarlett pun 💚😂 6mo
LauraBeth 😂😂 6mo
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BridgetteM I agree that the engineering part was boring. His account of the events before, during, and after the flood are riveting, though. It sounds like you are getting to the good part. Get your popcorn ready, LOL! 6mo
Reviewsbylola Thank you!! That‘s what I want to hear. I‘m ready. @IamIamIam @BridgetteM I only got a little into chapter 3 before I had to pick up my daughter from prek but already I was thinking it was getting better! 6mo
Librarybelle Love the pun!! I‘m still in the first part and agree that it‘s a little tedious. Hope it picks up! 6mo
Shaneyney I think he‘s one of the best author of historical books. I haven‘t read this one yet 6mo
kspenmoll Love your Scarlett comment- like everyone else has said, it will get to the point where you cannot put it down. 6mo
Mdargusch I might need to join this buddy read. Sounds like a good one. 6mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ll be finishing this one tonight if you want to borrow it. It‘s good. @Mdargusch 6mo
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Librarybelle 👍 6mo
BridgetteM I just read that part in the book. Good timing! 6mo
IamIamIam She seems like a little spitfire!!!! 💜 6mo
kspenmoll @IamIamIam An organized whirlwind!! 6mo
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kspenmoll
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#JohnstownRead
Estimate is that over 2,000 people died in this May 31,1889 catastrophic flood.The South Fork Dam on the Little Conemaugh River 14 miles upstream of the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, broke after days of heavy rain. About 14.55 million cubic meters of water were released, basically destroying Johnstown.The author‘s naming of people, their occupations, families, etc., rather than just numbers of dead,makes this tragedy more real.

Librarybelle Agreed 6mo
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kspenmoll
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#JohnstownRead #Saturdaynight #Reading #nonfiction
Reading on couch with hubby, with TV news in the background.

Librarybelle Sounds like a good Saturday night! 6mo
Lauram Looks like we have similar plans! 6mo
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Lauram I‘m not much of a drinker, but I could really go for a beer tonight. I hope you‘re enjoying the book! 6mo
4thhouseontheleft I didn‘t know he wrote a book about the Johnstown flood. Johnstown just flooded again last year, but not nearly like the 1889 one. 6mo
Librarybelle So awesome! 6mo
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kspenmoll @Lauram I am a light weight. Can only have 1 glass/ bottle. Otherwise I fall asleep! 6mo
Lauram I am too but I could probably use the sleep aid tonight. I‘m going to check the fridge to see what I have. 🍺 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!!! ❤️📚🙌🏻 6mo
kspenmoll @Lauram Go for it; hope whatever is in the fridge helps! 6mo
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Lauram
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I couldn‘t be happier to spend the evening relaxing on the couch with a new book. Have a good weekend, Littens! #JohnstownRead

IamIamIam I went to the library during the week so I could see the photos in the print edition! 😁 Have a great week!! 6mo
Librarybelle I started it last night! Enjoy! 6mo
kspenmoll Reading it tonight as well! 6mo
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Crazeedi This is a good one to read also 6mo
BridgetteM I‘m about 20% of the way through. Enjoying it so far! (edited) 6mo
Reviewsbylola This is on my bedside table but I probably won‘t get to it for another week. 6mo
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IamIamIam
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An incredible story of an enormous tragedy that I had never heard of! Thanks to @Librarybelle and @LauraAM for hosting a discussion or I'd never have found this! Crazy enough, I found there were TWO other Johnstown floods, in 1936 and 1977! 😳 The best part of this book was the true spirit of kindness that showed in Johnstown's time of need and it warmed my heart.
#johnstownread

Librarybelle Awesome! Thank you so much for joining! Look for the discussion on March 1! 7mo
Lauram Wow!! You‘re a very fast reader. I‘m looking forward to the discussion. 7mo
IamIamIam @Lauram I listened to the audio because I knew there was a much better chance that I'd finish!!! Lol 7mo
kspenmoll @IamIamIam I am impressed at your pace with audio!!! 😃 7mo
IamIamIam @kspenmoll LOL, I'm also a stay at home mom so there's a lot of time cooking, doing laundry, ironing, running errands... it adds up quickly! I didn't want to miss too much so I listened at 1.25x. Normally I try for 1.5 and being a New Yorker helps with that. 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
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Yo Libby... chill the freak out!!!! First she's threatening me that 2 people are waiting and now, she's breathing down my neck because I JUST finished the damn book!!!!! She's like the digital library police!!!

WhatThePuck 🤣🤣🤣 She's asking me if I want to renew bc I'm only 20% done and it's due in 2 days. She doesn't know me very well I guess. 7mo
IamIamIam @WhatThePuck She's getting really pushy!!! 😂😂🤜 7mo
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#JohnstownRead
In 1961 when David McCullough was just 27, he happened by old photographs on a table in the Prints and Photos Division of the Library of Congress. He was told these were photos taken by a man who got over the mountains into what was left of the town a day after the flood.So just by chance, the idea of this book his first, was born.

This innocent childhood dinner game made me smile. 😀

Librarybelle So interesting! 7mo
Lauram I really need to get started on this book. 7mo
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kspenmoll
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#JohnstownFlood #Maps #JohnstownRead

Opened this book to this map. ❤️

Lauram I‘m really looking forward to starting this book! 7mo
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?? Not my finest moment but McCullough keeps talking about Carnegie and the "Coke Kings". I convinced myself it definitely wasn't Coca-Cola, especially because of the time period, but the visual in my head of a jaunty old fella with a glass bottle of Coke pops up every time I hear it!
#johnstownread @Librarybelle @Lauram

Libby1 Yes, that‘s an important distinction! I had to learn that when reading about Coketown in Hard Times. 7mo
Librarybelle 😂😂 7mo
IamIamIam @Libby1 I've never read that, but after listening to this and how Carnegie made his money, it may be worth looking into! Thanks! 7mo
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IamIamIam @Librarybelle I've had a long week but I'm glad you got laugh too! I also laughed when I heard that people from Pittsburgh are called Pittsburghers!! 😂 7mo
Librarybelle @IamIamIam It has been a long week! But, I could totally see myself thinking of the beverage - Carnegie and his friends hanging out at the club, sipping on an unique beverage! Thank you fo sharing! 7mo
IamIamIam @Librarybelle LOL, right?? I don't want to post too much about it but that was funny! 7mo
Soubhiville “For other things called coke, see coke.” 🤣😂🤣 well, duh. 7mo
IamIamIam @Soubhiville 😂😂😂😂 Right??? Lol 7mo
Lauram It sounds like a corporate-sponsored acapella group 😂 7mo
IamIamIam @Lauram LMFAOOOO 🤣🤣🤣 That's freakin' hysterical!!!! 7mo
kspenmoll 😂😂 initially I was picturing bottles of coke too. 7mo
IamIamIam @kspenmoll 😂😂 It's really a funny image! 7mo
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IamIamIam
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Another uplifting, feel good story! 😂😂

I'm starting to see the reason why people read chick lit, cozy mysteries and romance novels with tattooed guys on the cover....

#johnstownread @Librarybelle @lauram

Lauram I used to love the books with the tattooed shirtless men. Now, I find myself drawn to stories of disaster and true crime. 🤷‍♀️ 7mo
Suet624 😂😂😂. I hear ya. 7mo
IamIamIam @Lauram My grandmother always said I was the most morbid person she ever knew. Lol, I usually break these heavy books up with short stories or middle grade books. 7mo
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Lauram
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As a follow up to our #JARead, @Librarybelle and I are going to continue with another book by the incredibly talented American writer, David McCullough. Please join us as we read this book through February and use #JohnstownRead for any posts so we can follow along.

@IamIamIam @BridgetteM @Reviewsbylola I‘m so glad you‘ll be reading!

kspenmoll I will try & get book & join in too. 7mo
Librarybelle Thanks for reposting! And, hooray @kspenmoll ! 7mo
Susanita This sounds fun. We stopped in Johnstown on the way home from a family wedding, and it was fascinating. 7mo
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Lauram @kspenmoll Yay! I‘m glad you‘re joining us! 🎉 7mo
Lauram @Susanita I‘ve driven through the area several times and keep meaning to stop 7mo
kspenmoll @Lauram Just ordered book. Should have it Friday or Saturday 7mo
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Librarybelle
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I can‘t believe I forgot to repost this! Anyone interested in reading this book by McCullough? We‘re using #JohnstownRead for our posts, and discussion will take place the beginning of March.

IamIamIam Thanks for the reminder! 7mo
BridgetteM Can‘t wait! 👍🏻 7mo
Amiable Oh, this was such a good book. Although anything by McCullough is. 7mo
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IamIamIam Luckily, the library had the audio available! Double the chance of me keeping up!! Lol 7mo
Reviewsbylola Oh I have this one on my shelves so I definitely will plan on joining! 7mo
Lauram I‘m picking up my copy from the library this weekend. I‘m so looking forward to this book! 7mo
kspenmoll Just got the book! 7mo
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Librarybelle
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@Lauram and I will be reading The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough in the next couple weeks...anyone want to join us?

Because February is a short month, we‘ll read during the month of February, and I‘ll post discussion questions on March 1. Use #JohnstownRead for any posts so we can all follow along!

Bookwormjillk I read this recently. It was fascinating. 7mo
Librarybelle @Bookwormjillk Good to know! I think McCullough does a masterful job with his books. 7mo
BridgetteM I bought this book a few years ago and haven‘t read it yet. Count me in! 7mo
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Librarybelle Wonderful, @BridgetteM ! Glad you can join us! 7mo
IamIamIam I just tagged the audio on Libby! I'll try to join in! 💜 7mo
Librarybelle Terrific, @IamIamIam ! Hope you can join us! 7mo
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Even growing up less than two hours from Johnstown, and visiting many times for hockey games, I knew very little about the flood. After listening to this, I want to learn more.

Chrissyreadit This sounds so good! And the synopsis sounded very relevant! 12mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Pickpick

Great audiobook. Enjoyed Edward Herrman‘s narration. A bit of history that I didn‘t know about. This book came highly recommended and I‘ll pass it along with the same praise. This terrible flood was caused by negligence of powerful men. So much tragedy that could have been avoided. #audiobook

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Tadams4
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As always McCullough writes an engaging retelling of the great Johnstown Flood in exceptional detail. After torrential rains the South Fork Dam located 14 miles upriver from Johnstown failed! The wall of water, traveling 40 miles an hour and reaching 60 feet high in places hit Johnstown in 57 mins! Property damage today would be 453 million dollars. Wonderful writing with a nice balance of facts and human interest.

Meeko93 What state is this in? 2y
Tadams4 Pennsylvania @meeko93 2y
LeslieO I have this in my TBR. Love his books. Especially The Great Bridge. 2y
Tadams4 I haven‘t read that one but my favorites are The Wright Brothers and A greater Journey! His research & details are so on point! 2y
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Lwiesman
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Just finished this book for our February book club. I first heard of Johnstown when I read a book to my daughter for her homeschool history. What devastation! Wonderful book about this piece of history.

Reviewsbylola I bought this recently so I‘m glad you liked it! 2y
Lcsmcat I hadn‘t heard of this book, but the disaster has always saddened me. He‘s such a good writer I‘ll have to check this out! 2y
Lwiesman @Reviewsbylola @Lcsmcat it is a very good book and it was a very sad event. 2y
Tadams4 Nice review Smart One! 2y
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kimdegener
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Great book, great narrator. I just finished listening to the Audible version while working at my spinning wheel.

CrowCAH Such a neat hobby! 2y
kimdegener Very soothing. I also knit and weave. 2y
mjdowens I bought a drop spindle last year and I am still to nervous to try it😂😂 2y
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kimdegener Don't be afraid. Just do it. You want to look up the park and draft technique to start you off. You should be able to find videos on YouTube. 2y
OffTheBeatenShelf.com If you get a chance to go to the Johnstown Flood Museum, definitely do it! It's really good. :) 2y
kimdegener @OffTheBeatenShelf.com I will. Thanks for the tip! 2y
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LeslieO
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drinkteareadbooks
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listening to some hometown history

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chuckstar158
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Pickpick

A frightening lesson in civil engineering and the impact we make when unqualified people manipulate nature. It's a lesson to be heeded and draws some striking parallels to today's bureaucracy.

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MrBook
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Prof & Filmmaker, Billy T.: "McCullough's 2 PP-winning biographies on former presidents Truman & Adams are usually how most people know him. But every author, fiction or non, started somewhere: his '68 inaugural history/bio of a non-person 'The Johnstown Flood.' He who many deem America's #1 historian, had the literary skills right off the bat to weave primary sources together, illustrating the catastrophe that PA town experienced." #BestBookRead

Graciouswarriorprincess I read that! So interesting considering that we lived so close. I learned so much about the area. 3y
Hoopiefoot This is still my favorite McCullough book. 3y
Reviewsbylola This sounds great! 3y
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LeslieO I want to read this. I loved The Great Bridge:The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge 3y
freyaheart Have you been to Johnstown? It's actually really nice I love the museums they have there dedicated to the flood. It's also where my hubby was born ❤ 3y
MrBook @Graciouswarriorprincess 😁👏🏻🙌🏻👍🏻! @Hoopiefoot Good to know! It's on my TBR 😊👍🏻! @Reviewsbylola 😁👏🏻👍🏻! @LeslieO I listened to TGB on audio, and it is awesome 😊🙌🏻! @freyaheart Yep! A few times. I grew up in western PA 😊. 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😎👌🏻 3y
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CherylRussell
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That moment when you are looking through your books and come across the book you've wanted to buy b/c you forgot you had it. How could I forget? What does that even mean? That I read it and it was neither good enough or bad enough to stick? That I haven't read it? Then why that shelf?

CherylRussell Now I'm traumatized. I was going to work on organizing other bookshelves, but I don't know if I can handle any more surprises. 😳😱😏📚 3y
Hooked_on_books Three times, I have bought a book I already own and have not yet read. I blame reading excitement and now carry pictures of my bookshelves on my phone to reference while shopping. 😳😳 3y
MAESTROvonBOOKSTEIN How much do you know about the Johnstown flood? I imagine if you can't pull some piece of interesting information from your archives that it means you didn't read it. 3y
CherylRussell Plenty, but I've read about the flood from various sources over the years, so I have no idea what I've learned from what source. It isn't a very long book, so I'll probably crack the cover, either for the first time or again-it's a win either way. 👍🏻 3y
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prowlix
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Library book sale! Final price $10 😀📚💗

ramyasbookshelf Nice haul!! 3y
GuiltyFeat Great work! 3y
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