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Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America (Paperback)
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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 the Author
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.
Praise for Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America…
Jim SquiresLos Angeles TimesAn important contribution to history and literature.
Tom WickerThis is the kind of history I love -- the brilliantly told story of the great Mississippi floodof 1927, a disaster for millions but the making of a future president and a turning pointfor the nation.
T.H. WatkinsThe New York Times Book ReviewExtraordinary...Rising Tide stands not only as a powerful story of disaster but as an accomplished and important social history, magisterial in its scope and fiercely dedicated to unearthing truth.