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The Johnstown Flood / Once an Eagle / Ammie, Come Home / Gone / Sarang (Reader's Digest Condensed Books, Vol 4)
The Johnstown Flood / Once an Eagle / Ammie Come Home / Gone / Sarang - Reader's Digest Condensed Books, Vol 4 Author:David G. McCullough, Anton Myrer, Barbara Michaels, Rumer Godden, Roger A. Caras The Johnstown Flood: At the end of the last 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 patroni... more »zed 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 Floodis 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.
Once an Eagle: Once An Eagle is the story of one special man, a soldier named Sam Damon, and his adversary over a lifetime, fellow officer Courtney Massengale. Damon is a professional who puts duty, honor, and the men he commands above self interest. Massengale, however, brilliantly advances by making the right connections behind the lines and in Washington's corridors of power. Beginning in the French countryside during the Great War, the conflict between these adversaries solidifies in the isolated garrison life marking peacetime, intensifies in the deadly Pacific jungles of World War II, and reaches its treacherous conclusion in the last major battleground of the Cold War--Vietnam. A study in character and values, courage, nobility, honesty, and selflessness, here is an unforgettable story about a man who embdies the best in our nation--and in us all.
Ammie, Come Home: It begins as a lark--a harmless diversion initiated by Washington, D.C., hostess Ruth Bennett as a means of entertaining her visiting niece, Sara. But the seance conducted in Ruth's elegant Georgetown home calls something back; something unwelcome...and palpably evil. Suddenly Sara is speaking in a voice not her own, transformed into a miserable, whimpering creature so unlike her normal, sensible self. No tricks or talismans will dispel the malevolence that now plagues the inhabitants of this haunted place--until a dark history of treachery, lust, and violence is exposed. But the cost might well be the sanity and the lives of the living.
Gone: A child's embarrassing mistake over a Christmas present...a day of heartbreak in the life of an elderly spinster...a young girl's inner struggle as she prepares to enter a convent. Three "moments of experience," as the author calls them, each containing the seed, or "grit," of a story, each fashioned by her into a miniature work of art.
Sarang: When they arrived in the Pakistan village of Pukmaranpur, the Barclay family felt completely out of place. Glenn knew next to nothing about the elephants he was to train for his agricultural program. The new way of life was baffling and upsetting to Liz. Even ten-year-old Pamela felt strange--until she met Khoka, the little blind boy.« less