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

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Rising Tide is an amazing chronicle of the great Mississippi
flood of 1927. The characters that arose from the debacle are people you
may never have heard about but will definitely not forget. The
catastrophe catapulted Herbert Hoover to the Presidency in 1930. Hoover
was appointed to head the rehabilitation program for the Mississippi
Delta area and gained national attention for his efforts. It's politics
as usual with all the in-fighting, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, the
migration of blacks North and the recovery. . .such as it was.
Incredibly, over one million people were displaced by the flood. . .and
not for just a few days. The role of the government in the catastrophe
forever changed the relationship between federal and state
responsibilities. Personalities like the Percy family,
engineers--Humphreys and Eads and other main players in that era,
including the rise of Huey Long make the history of the time come alive.
So much more than a story about a flood, Rising Tide is a "tour d' force" of the history of the United States in the first half of the 20th century.

— Karen L.


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.

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.

Praise For…

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780684840024
ISBN-10: 0684840022
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: April 2nd, 1998
Pages: 528
Language: English

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