Rising Tide The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America

ISBN-10: 0684840022
ISBN-13: 9780684840024
Edition: 1998
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Description: An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society, and the Mississippi River,Rising Tidetells the riveting and nearly forgotten story of the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known -- the Mississippi flood of 1927. The  More...

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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 4/2/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society, and the Mississippi River,Rising Tidetells 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. ANew York TimesNotable Book of the Year, winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award and the Lillian Smith Award.

John M. Barry was born in 1947. He is a widely respected journalist who has covered national politics extensively. He has used this background to write two highly acclaimed books of nonfiction. The Ambition and the Power: A True Story of Washington (1989 is an examination of use and abuse of power. In Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America (1997), he revisits the power theme, but this time in the setting of a natural disaster. Barry is a careful researcher who documents the devastating facts of the flood and intertwines it with the fascinating story of powerful men and their selfish agendas. The conflict between the ruling class and black racists, the clash of former Senator LeRoy Percy and demagogue James K. Vardaman, the candidacy of Herbert Hoover, and the backlash election of Huey Long, all had roots in the policies surrounding the flood. Barry's political expertise comes from his years as Washington editor of Dun's Review, where he covered national politics. He has written for the Washington Post and magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, and Esquire. The Transformed Cell: Unlocking the Mysteries of Cancer, coauthored with oncologist Steven A. Rosenberg, has been published in twelve languages. Barry maintains two homes, one in New Orleans and another in Washington, D.C.

Prologue13
The Engineers 19
Senator Percy
The River
The Club
The Great Humanitarian
THE SON
The Club
The Great Humanitarian
The Leaving of the Waters
Appendix:The River Today
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments and Methodology
Index

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