"David Welky has done a prodigious job of reminding us about the horror inflicted by the Ohio-Mississippi flood of 1937. At its heart, The Thousand-Year Flood
is a Great Depression story not unlike the Dust Bowl tragedy. His scholarship is impeccable. Highly recommended!"
(Douglas Brinkley, author of The Great Deluge)
"A wonderfully written, engaging narrative about one of America’s greatest and often forgotten disasters. David Welky captures the people, places, and mood with apt turns of phrase, telling details, and careful attention to atmospherics."
(Matthew Klingle, author of Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle)
"A well-written and deeply imaginative account of the history of the Ohio valley and the eventful 1937 flood. The book gracefully intercuts a clear narrative of national politics and flood-control policy with engaging and evocative portraits of the Ohio valley's communities and its people--before, during, and after the deluge. It is always interesting, and often riveting."
(Sarah Phillips, author of This Land, This Nation: Conservation, Rural America, a)
"A model of the disaster genre. . . . A comprehensive account, including political maneuvers over flood-control bills provoked by the deluge, this well-wrought history reflects thorough research and on-the-ground acquaintance with the Ohio River region."
About the Author
David Welky is associate professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas and the author of Everything Was Better in America: Print Culture in the Great Depression and The Moguls and the Dictators: Hollywood and the Coming of World War II.