Rising Tide by John M. Barry
The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America

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An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society, and the Mississippi River, Rising Tide tells the riveting and nearly forgotten story of the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known -- the Mississippi flood of 1927. The river inundated the homes of nearly one million people, helped elect Huey Long governor and made Herbert Hoover president, drove hundreds of thousands of blacks north, and transformed American society and politics forever.
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award and the Lillian Smith Award.
 

About John M. Barry

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John M. Barry is the author of The Ambition and the Power: A True Story of Washington, and co-author of The Transformed Cell, which has been published in twelve languages. As Washington editor of Dunn's Review, he covered national politics, and he has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and Sports Illustrated. He lives in New Orleans and Washington, D.C.
 
Published September 17, 2007 by Simon & Schuster. 528 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A fascinating, cautionary tale of humans versus nature that suffers only in its abrupt ending: Barry doesn't establish whether the flood offered more than a temporary setback to overconfident engineers and short-sighted business leaders.

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The worst natural disaster in U.S. history, the Mississippi River flood of 1927, which killed more than 1000 people and left 900,000 homeless from Cairo, Ill., to New Orleans, had a far-reaching impac

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The worst natural disaster in U.S. history, the Mississippi River flood of 1927, which killed more than 1000 people and left 900,000 homeless from Cairo, Ill., to New Orleans, had a far-reaching impact on American society, as revealed in this gripping grassroots epic, redolent with gothic passion...

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The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 was a calamity with consequences that affected the subsequent history of our country.

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In this volume, which chronicles the 1927 flood of the Mississippi River, whose waters swept across an area the size of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont combined, Barry relates the details of a catastrophe that caused more than a thousand deaths and forced almost a million p...

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Barry, Louisiana, Mark Bonta, McDowells, Mikko Saikku, Mississippi, Mississippi River, Mississippi-Yazoo Delta, New Orleans, Quapaw Canoe Company, The Big Muddy: An Environmental History of the Mississippi and Its Peoples from Hernando de Soto to Hurricane Katrina", This Land" Categories: Fun stu...

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