The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

As the flood waters rose in Williamsport, PA, my very pregnant great-great-grandmother escaped out of an upstairs window along with her two-year-old daughter and pig. Even though Williamsport was quite a distance from Johnstown, the water caused destruction there, too. Two and a half months later, my great-grandfather was born safe and sound (and my great-great-grandfather chose to rebuild the family home on higher ground in case another flood was ever to occur). Because of my family’s connection to that flood, I’ve always wanted to read The Johnstown Flood. It is typical McCullough. Well researched, very detailed, and long. Everything you ever wanted to know about the flood (why, who, and what) and more is explained. It includes a list of the many people who were killed in the flood. I recommend this book to anyone interested in history.

5 (out of 5) Stars

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