The Johnstown Flood

The Johnstown Flood

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The summer of 1889 will ever be memorable for its appalling disasters by flood and flame. In that period fell the heaviest blow of the nineteenth century—a blow scarcely paralleled in the histories of civilized lands. Central Pennsylvania, a center of industry, thrift and comfort, was desolated by floods unprecedented in the records of the great waters. On both sides of the Alleghenies these ravages were felt in terrific power, but on the western slope their terrors were infinitely multiplied by the bursting of the South Fork Reservoir, letting out millions of tons of water, which, rushing madly down the rapid descent of the Conemaugh Valley, washed out all its busy villages and hurled itself in a deadly torrent on the happy borough of Johnstown. The frightful aggravations which followed the coming of this torrent have waked the deepest sympathies of this nation and of the world, and the history is demanded in permanent form, for those of the present day, and for the generations to come.
This is a new edition of “THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD” by Willis Johnson including all the appalling record; the breaking of the south fork dam; the sweeping out of the Conemaugh valley; the over-throw of Johnstown; the massing of the wreck at the railroad bridge; escapes, rescues, searches for survivors and the dead; relief organizations, stupendous charities, with full accounts also of the destruction on the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers, and the Bald Eagle creek.
This edition has all new photos, a linked table of contents for both chapters and illustrations, and any typographical errors that appeared in the original edition have been corrected.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151287555
Publisher: Delmarva Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 03/12/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 439,715
File size: 789 KB

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The Johnstown Flood 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is highly informative; it's obvious the author did his homework. He relates a surprising number of details not included in previous and better-known accounts. The final chapters describe the effects of the prevailing weather elsewhere in Pennsylvania and across the rest of the northeast U.S.--providing a sense of perspective that underscores the Johnstown Flood as primarily a man-made, rather than natural, disaster. Yet the tone is largely that of a news report. By (apparently) seeking to avoid passing judgment or wreaking excessive emotion, the author allows readers to read the facts and draw their own conclusions. I deducted a star for the author's ubiquitous switches from third person to first person and back again, sometimes within a single sentence. At best, this is distracting and annoying. At worst, it makes it impossible to tell whether the information pertains to past or present. Overall, this single faulty technique disrupts the flow of the story so much that the entire work feels disjointed. As a reader who normally becomes completely "lost" in (absorbed by) a good story, this is a major deal-breaker. I went another star down for my frustration at the "teasers" that occur, throughout the book but primarily in the final chapters (which should have been either more fully fleshed out or presented as appendices). Reference is made to a certain historic or potentially dramatic event, but no further details are given--the emotional equivalent of a cliffhanger ending. The end of the book is, itself, abrupt; no summary or afterword, just one last fact and BANG...done. Contrary to the advice of another reviewer: if you're going to read just a single book about the Johnstown Flood, I would NOT recommend it be this one. Instead, read David McCullough's gripping account (it's THE classic for a reason) or one of the others available on the flood memorial's website. Then, if you get "hooked" on the subject (as I did), by all means come back to this one. Though the flaws will likely remain, the chain of events will be easier to follow, and you'll be better able to appreciate this author's efforts.
Stephen_Andrew More than 1 year ago
I've rated this five stars only because you cannot list six. This is the one and only account of the Flood that you need to read.