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

A New York Times bestseller

In 1927 the Mississippi River and its tributaries flooded the homes of more than one million people. The flood brought with it a human storm: white and black collided, honor and money collided, regional and national power structures collided. The collisions shook-- and continue to shake-- America. The 1927 flood was the greatest natural disaster in the nation's history, and it had more impact on the nation than Katrina.




The Washington Post:
"Breathtaking... A big ambitious book that is not merely engrossing and informative but also had the potential to change the way we think."

The New York Times:
"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."

The New Yorker:
"This story of human defeat by a savage, unpredictable river has the power of an epic... A virtuoso piece of exposition."

The Chicago Tribune:
"A brilliant match of scholarship and investigative journalism."

The Los Angeles Times:
"An important contribution to history and literature... a rich deposit of passion and truth.

New Orleans Times-Picayune:
"Barry's brilliant new book is adroit at drawing his reader into complex political and scientific issues and rendering them with perfect clarity... After reading this book, you'll never look at the river the same way again."

Louisville Courier-Journal:
This is a book that I suspect will be recalled as one of the best books of the decade... To that hypothetical list of books that you intend to have when you are marooned on a desert island, please add Rising Tide."