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Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America | [John M. Barry]

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

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.
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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.

©1997 John M. Barry; (P)1998 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division.

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"It is a gripping narrative...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 the truth." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Mary Bridgewater, NJ, United States 04-03-09
    Mary Bridgewater, NJ, United States 04-03-09
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    "lessons from yesterday for today"

    I ordered this title because I grew up near Greenville, MS, and was curious what a comparative "outsider" might say so long after the fact.
    I heard many tales of this flood, and the Percy family so key to this book was well known (believe a room in the local library was named for them among other items, and read Lanterns on the Levee in high school).
    The reader does a good job.
    A cautionary tale of scientific and engineering rivalry over flood control theory, and how it combined with having the absolutely wrong leader in place at a critical time. Those power struggles are timeless. As Katrina shows, they never DID get the flood control problems handled right. . .but the lessons go well beyond just the Mississippi River and who claims to control it.
    Not preachy, and not dry. Truly well done.

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    Catherine zachary, LA, United States 10-22-11
    Catherine zachary, LA, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting History of New Orleans"

    This book was suggested by a friend who was reading the hard cover version. When I ordered it I didn't realize it was the abridged version. Actually, it was just long enough. I got all the great stories and history of how the Mississippi river changed New Orleans and it was not too long and drawn out. It gave me a wonderful understanding of the political machine that shaped New Orleans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 09-15-11
    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 09-15-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Mixture of politics, race and engineering"

    I very much enjoy books like this that present the engineering wrapped inside an excellent study of the people and the politics of complex times. The reader is extremely talented and makes the book very exciting. The story starts around 1840 and leads into the 1930's. I was very fascinated with the story of the Percy family of Greenville MS and of course with the politics of New Orleans. The section that discusses the conflicts between EADS and Humphreys is also very entertaining.

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    John Hot Springs, AR, United States 07-21-10
    John Hot Springs, AR, United States 07-21-10
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    "Fantastic"

    A great story. Very interesting character development; plot development was well conceived. Some parts made you feel you were there. Recommended for history buffs.

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    Roland Henrico, VA, United States 03-03-06
    Roland Henrico, VA, United States 03-03-06 Member Since 2005
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    "good listen!"

    The author brings the reader's interest in right from the beginning, and paints a panoramic picture of the forces, both of nature and man, at play in this stunning event that altered national politics. It's sobering that we (and the media) are so unaware of the regular, catastrophic flood history of the region.

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    "History Repeats itself"

    Well told story of the issues of the 1920's handling of New Orleans flood management had me comparing the results to the outcomes we saw with Katrina. Good background of Louisiana political arena that seems to have a core value much the same today as the period this book describes.

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    Karen United States 10-21-13
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    "Where is the rest of the book?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Great topic and narrator but the abridged version is way too short! I would pass on this audiobook for the original version.


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