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Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America Paperback – April 2, 1998
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Jim Squires Los Angeles Times An important contribution to history and literature.
Tom Wicker This is the kind of history I love -- the brilliantly told story of the great Mississippi flood of 1927, a disaster for millions but the making of a future president and a turning point for the nation.
T.H. Watkins The New York Times Book Review Extraordinary...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.
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.
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The book gives this moment, the background of the Percy family, and the following cruelty on the levee. The book also gives much more. The conflict of the competing visions of engineers who designed the initial Mississippi River system, the politics of New Orleans, the political intrigue of Hoover, and the growth of the scope of government in response to the flood. I learned quite a bit more from this book than I anticipated.