The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough is another fine history by one of my favorite authors. It is a thoroughly researched story of a disastrous flood which occurred in Pennsylvania in the late 1800’s. Scores of innocent people lost their lives due to a catastrophic storm and a poorly engineered dam.
In many ways, the magnitude of this tragedy so long ago reminds me of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Who is to blame when acts of God combine with man-made alterations on earth to create devastating outcomes?
This was a heartbreaking story to read, but one whose message is important today.