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This book was very informative and felt almost reverential towards those that perished in the eruption of Mount St Helens.I was just a child when Mount St Helens erupted in 1980 But I grew up watching the memorials, ceremonies, documentaries and hearing the stories of ash falling around the globe I only had one image in my mind of David Johnston, that of him sitting on the ridge in a chair with his feet propped up smiling with a journal in his lap This book delves into who he was as a perso This book was very informative and felt almost reverential towards those that perished in the eruption of Mount St Helens.I was just a child when Mount St Helens erupted in 1980 But I grew up watching the memorials, ceremonies, documentaries and hearing the stories of ash falling around the globe I only had one image in my mind of David Johnston, that of him sitting on the ridge in a chair with his feet propped up smiling with a journal in his lap This book delves into who he was as a person, what drove him, made him who he was and gives you acomplete picture of him as a person instead of what happened to him to make him famous This book also pays tribute to others that died that day doing what they loved or enjoying life in areas they thought they were safe in never knowing what fate had in store for them early that fateful morning.I was given an eARC by the publisher through NetGalley Netgalleypub date May 16, 2019University of Illinois Press CHANGE to Kindle edition On March 27 Mount St Helens exploded with a burst of steam and black ash Dave was so excited that he did a little jig down the hallway Born and raised in Oregon, of course I know of St Helens and the eruption I d even heard of the hero on the mountain and some of the things he d done But, all the stories and information I d read before never came close to the information and detail here It was fascinating to not only knowabout the eruption, the science and people behind, but alsoOn March 27 Mount St Helens exploded with a burst of steam and black ash Dave was so excited that he did a little jig down the hallway Born and raised in Oregon, of course I know of St Helens and the eruption I d even heard of the hero on the mountain and some of the things he d done But, all the stories and information I d read before never came close to the information and detail here It was fascinating to not only knowabout the eruption, the science and people behind, but also about Washington and some of the history there I loved Dave s passion but also his dedication This is a dense but interesting story and I m glad I read it A well written and well researched biography of volcanologist David Johnston combined with a detailed account of the eruption of Mount St Helens in 1980 Johnston lost his life in the eruption and the book is in many ways a tribute to him The actual eruption is chronicled minute by minute, making for some very tense reading indeed, and certainly giving insight into what actually happens at such events Interesting, informative, and inevitably moving at times, it s a compelling read, and one whi A well written and well researched biography of volcanologist David Johnston combined with a detailed account of the eruption of Mount St Helens in 1980 Johnston lost his life in the eruption and the book is in many ways a tribute to him The actual eruption is chronicled minute by minute, making for some very tense reading indeed, and certainly giving insight into what actually happens at such events Interesting, informative, and inevitably moving at times, it s a compelling read, and one which I very much enjoyed Very interesting book about David A Johnson, Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it , the volcanologist who was killed in the May 18th 1980 eruption of Mt St Helens It was nice to learn about the man, who he was, his history, and some of his personal life. Two years ago I visited Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mt St Helens I had been meaning to go there ever since it was opened in 1997 The Observatory is situated in the same place that David Johnston was stationed to study the volcano He watched St Helens erupt and was killed by the eruption within a few moments Visiting the observatory was amazing You are able look right at the side St Helens that blew apart Reading this book gave me a much better understanding of who David Johnston was Two years ago I visited Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mt St Helens I had been meaning to go there ever since it was opened in 1997 The Observatory is situated in the same place that David Johnston was stationed to study the volcano He watched St Helens erupt and was killed by the eruption within a few moments Visiting the observatory was amazing You are able look right at the side St Helens that blew apart Reading this book gave me a much better understanding of who David Johnston was as the author shared her research about David and his family Most of the other information in the book is rather brief and does not really give enough details to picture what really happened that day A very interesting read I did not know much about Mount St Helens except it erupted and some people were killed Nature and people are complex and amazing and I enjoyed this book. Today, May 18, 2019 is the 39th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St Helens volcano in Washington It is also the anniversary of the day David Johnston, a United States Geological Survey USGS volcanologist died doing his job Johnston was the only USGS worker that died that day and since that time there have been many memorials dedicated in his name Today is also the publication day of this book, written to honor David Johnston s life While the book is primarily a biography it also expla Today, May 18, 2019 is the 39th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St Helens volcano in Washington It is also the anniversary of the day David Johnston, a United States Geological Survey USGS volcanologist died doing his job Johnston was the only USGS worker that died that day and since that time there have been many memorials dedicated in his name Today is also the publication day of this book, written to honor David Johnston s life While the book is primarily a biography it also explains what was known about how volcanos act, or what was known at the time in early 1980 There isscientific knowledge and understanding today than back then, and much of the information came from that eruption For some people volcanos have some type of lure, people are curious, interested, and when Mount St Helens started waking up people flocked to the area, tourists It was difficult for the geologists and authorities to accurately maintain a safety zone and keep people away because so much was unknown Today we do know , but volcanos are still very dangerous, and can at times be unpredictable Johnston knew there was danger, but it was also exciting to be there and learningNo one knew exactly when the volcano would explode and it was just coincidence that Johnston was manning the post an observation and monitoring station named Coldwater II that morning when it happen No one knew how extensive the explosion and would end up being It s believed 57 people died in that blast and it could have been worse without people like Johnston warning of the extreme danger I visited the Mount St Helens area briefly in 1993 and was amazed how visible the destruction still was from that volcano blast It appeared to have explodedrecent than the decade plus years I remember being there too late to go into the visitor s area, and as we were just passing through the area, there wasn t time to go in the next day I ve meant to return someday, and when I do I can certainly appreciate the full story of what happened in 1980 having now read this book.I appreciate having an advance review copy to read, and the copy I read certainly read like it wasn t completely done Portions of the book were in different colors, which I have no idea what that meant, and there were large sections that read like a draft copy The later part of the book the writing improved and seemed to be finished There were some beautiful sentences and sentiments It s hard to judge a book fully when reading one that still needed some work, but giving the benefit of doubt, I expect the completed book will be in better shape In the end this is a great tribute to David Johnston and his family, as an official record of his full life with scientific achievements and legacy Thanks to University of Illinois Press and NetGalley for an uncorrected electronic advance review copy of this book. (Free E-pub) ⚣ A Hero on Mount St. Helens: The Life and Legacy of David A. Johnston õ Serendipity placed David Johnston on Mount St Helens when the volcano rumbled to life in MarchThroughout that ominous spring, Johnston was part of a team that conducted scientific research that underpinned warnings about the mountain Those warnings saved thousands of lives when the most devastating volcanic eruption in US history blew apart Mount St Helens, but killed Johnston on the ridge that now bears his name Melanie Holmes tells the story of Johnston s journey from a nature loving Boy Scout to a committed geologist Blending science with personal detail, Holmes follows Johnston through encounters with Aleutian volcanoes, his work helping the Portuguese government assess the geothermal power of the Azores, and his dream job as a volcanologist with the US Geological Survey Interviews and personal writings reveal what a friend called the most unjaded person I ever met, an imperfect but kind, intelligent young scientist passionately in love with his life and work and determined to make a difference Anyone who has any real interest in volcanoes will know of the cataclysmic eruption of Mt St Helens in 1980 I have a bitthan a passing knowledge as my academic background is one of Earth science, so Melanie Holmes A Hero on Mt St Helens is a book that immediately resonated with me It s a biography of David Johnston, a volcanologist with the United States Geological Survey, who happened to be on duty on a ridge overlooking the volcano when it erupted, killing not only Johnston but but fi Anyone who has any real interest in volcanoes will know of the cataclysmic eruption of Mt St Helens in 1980 I have a bitthan a passing knowledge as my academic background is one of Earth science, so Melanie Holmes A Hero on Mt St Helens is a book that immediately resonated with me It s a biography of David Johnston, a volcanologist with the United States Geological Survey, who happened to be on duty on a ridge overlooking the volcano when it erupted, killing not only Johnston but but fifty odd other individuals unfortunate enough to be within the danger area which turned out to be far beyond that which the USGS had forecast The book is a biography of Johnston, calling on memories of his friends, writings from his diaries and so on, and in a way it s a strange book Johnston, risking his life to monitor the volcano was a hero by chance A day later, even a few hours later, and someone else would have been in his place Then I might well be reviewing a biography of someone else entirely On that basis you can argue that Johnston wasn t heroic, but in a way he is Everyman He represents all of those who take on such a dangerous task to protect us from potential natural hazards, and although much of his life is unremarkable it s the very ordinariness of his background that helps to show how easily, and by chance, ordinary, dedicated scientists can become heroes In addition to to the minutiae I would even say trivia of Johnston s life, the book contains a wealth of information about Mt St Helens and other volcanoes, about volcanic hazards and the personal stories of other volcanologists Because I ve studied something of the discipline and keep myself up to date on what s going on in the field, much of this wasn t new to me But for anyone who is interested but doesn t know much about the topic, the story of David Johnston, an accidental hero, is fascinating, informative and in the end, useful I thoroughly recommend it Thanks to Netgalley and the University of Illinois Press for a copy of this book in return for an honest review