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Reader's Digest Condensed Books-The Johnstown Flood; Gone; Ammie, Come Home; Once an Eagle; Sarang-Autumn 1968
Reader's Digest Condensed Books-The Johnstown Flood Gone Ammie Come Home Once an Eagle Sarang-Autumn 1968 Author:David G. McCullough; Barbara Michaels; Anton Myrer; Rumer Godden; Roger A. Caras Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer: Sam Damon was filled with dreams of glory as he marched away from his Nebraska home to enlist as a private in the U.S. Army. Glory he would win, on the battlefields of Europe and Asia, but he would also have to pay its price, as he would his impulsive romantic wife, Tommy. Even as Sam rose to become the finest com... more »bat general in the Army, he felt increasingly the torment of a humane commander who must sacrifice the lives of others. Damon's outspoken honesty would make an enemy of a dangerous and high-ranking colleague, and his unswerving sense of mission would place an intolerable strain upon his marriage. Here is the fully rounded portrait of a man who was in every sense a good soldier, and of the men and women who helped shape his life. As compellingly readable as it is powerful and perceptive, Once an Eagle may well be remembered as the novel of the U.S. military in the twentieth century.
Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels: For two centuries a grim and tragic secret had lain imprisoned in the Campbel house in Washington, D.C. Time, at last, brought together four people through whom the original terror seemed to make itself felt. Ruth Bennett, a descendant of the Campbells, living in the house with her attractive niece, Sara, decides to hold a seance to prove a thing or two to skeptical Pat MacDougal-the man in Ruth's life. As the "entertainment" turns from fun to nightmare, these three and Sara's boyfriend, Bruse, are caught up in a horrifying chain of happenings that sometimes raises fears for Sara's sanity; at others, questions as to whther the old house may indeed contain an evil presence. A chilling and utterly absorbing story of suspense.
The Johnstown Flood by David G. McCullough: "This is the day the dam will break" was familiar rainy-day joke which the people of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, made to ease their fears that it might one day happen. On the afternoon of May 31, 1889, the jest became tragedy. Swollen by heavy rainfall, Lake Conemaugh in the in the Alleghenies-a pleasure resort of rich Pittsburgh industrialists-burst through a faulty earht dam and emptied about twenty million tons of water onto the defenseless city below. Amid scenes of appalling devastation and loss of life were others of miraculous escapes and heroic resuces, culminating in a magnificent relief operation as a shocked nation responded to the plight of the stricken city. here is the "meticulously researched, vivid account of one of themost stunning disasters in U.S. history".
Gone by Rumer Godden: The enchantment of Rumer Godden's novels-An Episode of Sparrows, The Battle of the Villa Fiorita, The Kitchen Madonna-is well known to readers of Condensed Books. Her short stories will be every bit as popular. The collection from which these three are taken is named Gone because, as the author explains in her preface, "each is founded on a moment of experience...that has long since gone, but that has left a small sediments or shape behind." Two of the three are about children, though of very different kinds, and the third concerns "a love story that transcends all others" -a young woman's call to become a nun. All are touched with the special brand of magic that distinguishes this author's writing.
Sarang by Roger A. Caras: It began with a tiger cub for a pet, and became "something even more wonderfully outrageous: a wild tiger for a friend." Such was the relationship between the noble Sarang and the two children who loved him-Khoka, the blind Pakistani boy, and Pamela Barclay from Wichita, Kansas. Pamela's father had been sent to East Pakistan to capture and train wild elephants. How he fared in this dangerous work, how Khoka and Pamela-aided by Sarang-sought a miracle to restore Khoka's sight, and how the Barclay family adjusted to their strange and exciting environment form the three threads of this charming and unusual story.« less