The Resource Ruthless tide : the heroes and villains of the Johnstown flood, America's astonishing gilded age disaster, Al Roker, (electronic resource)

Ruthless tide : the heroes and villains of the Johnstown flood, America's astonishing gilded age disaster, Al Roker, (electronic resource)

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Ruthless tide : the heroes and villains of the Johnstown flood, America's astonishing gilded age disaster
Title
Ruthless tide
Title remainder
the heroes and villains of the Johnstown flood, America's astonishing gilded age disaster
Statement of responsibility
Al Roker
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Presents a narrative history of the 1889 Johnstown Flood to chronicle key events, the damage that rendered the flood one of America's worst disasters, and the pivotal contributions of key figures, from dam engineer John Parke to American Red Cross founder Clara Barton
  • "A gripping new history celebrating the remarkable heroes of the Johnstown Flood--the deadliest flood in U.S. history--from NBC host and legendary weather authority Al Roker. Central Pennsylvania, May 31, 1889: After a deluge of rain--nearly a foot in less than twenty-four hours--swelled the Little Conemaugh River, panicked engineers watched helplessly as swiftly rising waters threatened to breach the South Fork dam, built to create a private lake for a fishing and hunting club that counted among its members Andrew Mellon, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Carnegie. Though the engineers telegraphed neighboring towns on this last morning in May warning of the impending danger, residents--factory workers and their families--remained in their homes, having grown used to false alarms. At 3:10 P.M., the dam gave way, releasing 20 million tons of water. Gathering speed as it flowed southwest, the deluge wiped out nearly everything in its path and picked up debris--trees, houses, animals--before reaching Johnstown, a vibrant steel town fourteen miles downstream. Traveling 40 miles an hour, with swells as high as 60 feet, the deadly floodwaters razed the mill town--home to 20,000 people--in minutes. The Great Flood, as it would come to be called, remains the deadliest in US history, killing more than 2,200 people and causing $17 million in damage. In Ruthless Tide, Al Roker follows an unforgettable cast of characters whose fates converged because of that tragic day, including John Parke, the engineer whose heroic efforts failed to save the dam; the robber barons whose fancy sport fishing resort was responsible for modifications that weakened the dam; and Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, who spent five months in Johnstown leading one of the first organized disaster relief efforts in the United States. Weaving together their stories and those of many ordinary citizens whose lives were forever altered by the event, Ruthless Tide is testament to the power of the human spirit in times of tragedy and also a timely warning about the dangers of greed, inequality, neglected infrastructure, and the ferocious, uncontrollable power of nature."--Dust jacket
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TEFOD
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1954-
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Roker, Al
Dewey number
974.8/77
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F159.J7
LC item number
R65 2018eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Floods
  • HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
  • NATURE / Natural Disasters
  • HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
  • Johnstown (Cambria County, Pa.)
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Ruthless tide : the heroes and villains of the Johnstown flood, America's astonishing gilded age disaster, Al Roker, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-292) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Down in the Valley
  • 41
  • 3
  • How to Make a Lake
  • 65
  • 4
  • "No Danger from Our Enterprise"
  • 83
  • 5
  • Rain
  • Prologue: "Mr. Quinn is Too Fearful"
  • 99
  • Part II
  • When the Dam Broke
  • 6
  • Tap-Tap-Tap
  • 117
  • 7
  • A Monster Unchained
  • 131
  • 8
  • 1
  • Cauldron
  • 145
  • 9
  • Night of the Johnstown Flood
  • 163
  • 10
  • Alone in the World
  • 177
  • Part III
  • Justice and Charity
  • Part I
  • 11
  • Some Convulsion
  • 197
  • 12
  • Poor, Lone Woman
  • 217
  • 13
  • Frozen with Fear
  • 235
  • 14
  • Members and Nonmembers
  • Strict Liability
  • 247
  • 1
  • Up on the Mountain
  • 21
  • 2
Control code
on1037273702
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 305 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780062445520
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
9E3FFA4C-AD3C-47B7-B0B5-AD98266C3D51
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o1037273702
  • (OCoLC)1037273702
Label
Ruthless tide : the heroes and villains of the Johnstown flood, America's astonishing gilded age disaster, Al Roker, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-292) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Down in the Valley
  • 41
  • 3
  • How to Make a Lake
  • 65
  • 4
  • "No Danger from Our Enterprise"
  • 83
  • 5
  • Rain
  • Prologue: "Mr. Quinn is Too Fearful"
  • 99
  • Part II
  • When the Dam Broke
  • 6
  • Tap-Tap-Tap
  • 117
  • 7
  • A Monster Unchained
  • 131
  • 8
  • 1
  • Cauldron
  • 145
  • 9
  • Night of the Johnstown Flood
  • 163
  • 10
  • Alone in the World
  • 177
  • Part III
  • Justice and Charity
  • Part I
  • 11
  • Some Convulsion
  • 197
  • 12
  • Poor, Lone Woman
  • 217
  • 13
  • Frozen with Fear
  • 235
  • 14
  • Members and Nonmembers
  • Strict Liability
  • 247
  • 1
  • Up on the Mountain
  • 21
  • 2
Control code
on1037273702
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 305 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780062445520
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
9E3FFA4C-AD3C-47B7-B0B5-AD98266C3D51
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o1037273702
  • (OCoLC)1037273702

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