|Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America
A New York Times best-seller.
In 1927 the Mississippi River and its tributaries flooded the homes of more than one million people. The flood brought with it a human storm: white and black collided, honor and money collided, regional and national power structures collided. The collisions shook-- and continue to shake-- America. Until Katrina, the 1927 flood was the greatest natural disaster in the nation’s history; now, in the wake of Katrina, we wait to see if that hurricane will have similar impact.
The New York Times
"Extraordinary... Rising Tide stands not only as a powerful story of disaster but as an accomplsiehd and important social history, magisterial in its scope and fiercely dedicated to unearthing the turth."
San Diego Union-Tribune
"Like the river, John Barry’s history is broad- shouldered and violent and fascinating... The Mississippi cannot be placated or conquered. I was not sure it could be captured in words, either, but I am thrilled to report that John M. Barry and Rising Tide have proved me wrong."
The New Yorker
"This story of human defeat by a savage, unpredictable river has the power of an epic... A virutoso piece of exposition."
The Chicago Tribune
"A brilliant match of scholarship and investigative journalism."
New Orleans Times-Picayune
"Barry’s brilliant new book is a timely, disturbing and fascinating look at the Missisippi during its most powerufl self-assertion.. Barry is adroit in drawing his reader into complex political and scientific issues, rendering them with perfect clarity. After reading this book you’ll never look at the river the same way again."
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