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Turns a cliche back into riveting history.,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Johnstown Flood (Touchstone Books) (Paperback)
David McCullough turns the cliche of the Johnstown Flood back into history, and a warm, touching history at that. In less than 300 pages, he accomplishes a minor miracle of history writing: hundreds of victims and survivors, both now long dead, become people to us as we read of their tragedy and struggle to survive. McCullough lucidly discusses the causes of the flood, but still puts a human face on of all these participants. The Flood was a tragedy that could have been avoided, but, as McCullough makes clear, it's hard to assign the blame to one person or even group of people. The true strength of the story rises from the courage of ordinary men, women and children during and after the Flood. Highly recommended.