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Johnstown Flood电子书

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作       者:David McCullough

出  版  社:Simon & Schuster

出版时间:2007-05-31

字       数:52.4万

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The 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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Cover

Dedication

The Path of the Flood - Map

Pennsylvania - Map

Acknowledgments

List of Illustrations

Epigraph

I. The sky was red

II. Sailboats on the mountain

III. “There’s a man came from the lake.”

IV. Rush of the torrent

V. “Run for your lives!”

VI. A message from Mr. Pitcairn

VII. In the valley of death

VIII. “No pen can describe . . .”

IX. “Our misery is the work of man.”

Photographs

About David McCullough

List of Victims

Bibliography

Index

Copyright

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