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Lauram
Johnstown Flood | David McCullough
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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! 6mo
Amiable Oh, I loved this one, too. I‘m a big fan of McCullough and I thought this was one of his best. 6mo
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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 6mo
Crazeedi @Librarybelle then you can drive 90 minutes north and visit me!😉😍 6mo
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) 6mo
Lauram @Crazeedi No, I don‘t live I. PA. I‘m in North East Ohio. 6mo
Crazeedi @Lauram ❤👍 6mo
Crazeedi @Lauram you're close to me anyway I'm sure, we vacation at pymatuning, we live near venango/clarion/butler county line! 6mo
kspenmoll This was such a great book! 6mo
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Librarybelle
Johnstown Flood | David McCullough
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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. 😜 11mo
Kaye Great review. 11mo
Librarybelle @howjessreads It is a hard read. Some of the documented stories are almost too unreal. 11mo
Librarybelle Thanks, @kaye ! 11mo
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Librarybelle
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I vowed to read ARCs this month for #ARCMadDash , but my physical book reading has been very limited the last couple weeks. I‘m finishing up The Johnstown Flood for #JohnstownRead , but I really wanted to start this one. #Zeke is joining me for a cuddly Caturday morning. #catsoflitsy

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Librarybelle
Johnstown Flood | David McCullough
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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?

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Librarybelle Question from LitLovers.com 11mo
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. 11mo
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. 11mo
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. 11mo
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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?

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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!! 11mo
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. 11mo
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 11mo
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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?

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Librarybelle Question from LitLovers.com 11mo
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 11mo
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!!! 11mo
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. 11mo
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. 11mo
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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?

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Tadams4 Such a well done book! So many layers of problems contributing to the disaster which could have been prevented. 11mo
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Librarybelle @Tadams4 So true - so many things contributed to the disaster that could have been prevented! 11mo
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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. 11mo
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). 11mo
Lauram @IamIamIam You‘re not wrong. There were a lot of overlooked issues. 11mo
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. 11mo
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Librarybelle
Johnstown Flood | David McCullough
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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! 11mo
IamIamIam LitLovers is great!!! It's such an awesome resource!! Looking forward to it and thanks for all you're doing! 11mo
Librarybelle @IamIamIam ❤️❤️❤️ I have the questions posted under #JohnstownRead , so whenever you‘re ready to answer, feel free! 11mo
IamIamIam @Librarybelle Will do!!! 11mo
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BridgetteM
Johnstown Flood | David McCullough
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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 ! 11mo
Reviewsbylola I thought it was great too! I can be pretty picky about NF. 11mo
Mdargusch Great review and I loved this book but I‘m a big lover of NF. I found it riveting too. 11mo
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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) 11mo
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! 11mo
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. 11mo
BridgetteM @Mdargusch Thank you! I don‘t read too much NF, which I‘m determined to change. 11mo
BridgetteM @kspenmoll Hope your brother enjoys it! The info about the dam will probably mean more to him than it did to me... 11mo
BridgetteM @Lauram Sorry I forgot to tag you in the original post. 😳 11mo
Librarybelle I‘ll definitely let you know! 11mo
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