Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood Of 1927 And How It Changed America
ISBN: 0684810468
EAN13: 9780684810461
Language: English
Pages: 528
Dimensions: 1.7" H x 9.4" L x 6.2" W
Weight: 1.2 lbs.
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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.

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   A must read on American history
This book is perfect and the writing is excellent. Readers get the feeling that they are living in those times and dealing with the struggles. This book covers multiple social, political, scientific and humanistic aspects of the mid to late 1800s and turn of the century. It was cool to learn about the great advances in civil engineering and how these achievements intersected with enormous advances in science. It was absolutely painful to learn how misjudgedly African Americans were treated and how much of an impact they had on the successful growth of the United States. This book is highly educational and a wonderful read for everyone.
   A blow away book
I bought it thinking it was just going to be a so-so-read, as we boat in floods all the time, house is set for floods, no big deal. So a book about floods, well takes a lot to surprise me. Even I, a riverrat, have read this twice.
   Great Read!
This book was not just an in-depth outline of a historical event ; it went right into detail about the culture of the times and the events leading up to the flood. This book took a topic that could have been dry and made it into a read that was almost as easy to read a novel. If you have the time, it is a commitment to read and if you like history, this is a good book to dive into!
   The Flood of 1927 was a major event in American history.
It was a fantastic book with incredible details about the engineers who did the initial work on trying to control the Mississippi and how they actually fought each other for control of the project. This was even before the terrible flood of 1927. It covered the political machinations surrounding the efforts to control the river during the flooding itself. Barry is an excellent writer. It was a very long book and I decided at the end that I could not finish reading it. But I enjoyed the majority of the book.
   For a great explanation of America now
For a great explanation of America now read this. The book has a great flow and rhythm so that it will hold your interest while giving you a lot to think about.
   Worth the time
This book is dense and if you like historical details on race, politics and greed, its right up your alley. You also will get a new respect for the power of the Mississippi River. The major players are so well-developed that I found myself rooting for some while hoping for the downfall of others.
I have not finished reading it, as it is rather dry, but I will. I doubt that conversations are valid without a third party record, so that there is some fiction. I find it informative for what I wanted to learn about how we got to the current dilemna.
   An important book on an ignored part of US history
A comprehensive account of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, with excellent research and scholarship. It is about the southern and has a southern flavor to the writing. It can be long ; but it captures the mood of the times. I am a texan who grew up in Memphis and spent a fair amount of time in the Delta and a history buff. Until I was asked for permission to read this book, I had never heard of this flood or its importance. After reading it, all I can say is wow! This flood was the catalyst for the collapse of the plantation system and great black migration to the north. The flood changed how government reacted to the crisis and how turmoil that could have been directed to erode the race ended up being a bigger wedge in American society. I would highly recommend it.
   The Greatest Engineer You Never Heard Of
This is an extraordinary masterpiece of narrative history that provides tremendous insights into the shaping of America during its most extraordinary times, on par with David McCullough's The Great Bridge '' and The Path Between the Seas '', the worst flood in American history when completely avoidable politically-driven engineering mistakes came back to bite them, and the impact on race relations, American politics and the growth of the Federal Leviathan after the flood and recovery efforts.
   Need patience to read a book you should read!
I am slogging my way through this! Statistics are mostly data oriented and statistical. But when it finally gets to the part about the flood, it is an easier read and I am actually there and starting to enjoy it, altho there are many parts so terrible that it is hard to believe. The racial divide was very cruel during these times and as bad as it is today, I certainly hope that it is better than it was then. As for the flood part, it is a reminder that Mother Nature can be quite brutal and you should also remember the past and be prepared.