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

By John M. Barry
Read by George Grizzard

4.80 Hours 05/01/1998 abridged
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In 1927, the Mississippi River swept across an area roughly equal in size to Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont combined, leaving water as deep as thirty feet on the land stretching from Illinois and Missouri south to the Gulf of Mexico. Close to a million people -- in a nation of 120 million -- were forced out of their homes. Some estimates place the death toll in the thousands. The Red Cross fed nearly 700,000 refugees for months. Rising Tide is the story of this forgotten event, the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known. But it is not simply a tale of disaster. The flood transformed part of the nation and had a major cultural and political impact on the rest. Rising Tide is an American epic about science, race, honor, politics, and society. Rising Tide begins in the 19th century, when the first serious attempts to control the river began. From the engineers and the dominant families in the Delta to the New Orleans elite, Rising Tide tells how the flood changed the face of American and laid the groundwork for the New Deal.

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Winner of the 1998 Parkman Prize

In 1927, the Mississippi River swept across an area roughly equal in size to Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont combined, leaving water as deep as thirty feet on the land stretching from Illinois and Missouri south to the Gulf of Mexico. Close to a million people -- in a nation of 120 million -- were forced out of their homes. Some estimates place the death toll in the thousands. The Red Cross fed nearly 700,000 refugees for months.

Rising Tide is the story of this forgotten event, the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known. But it is not simply a tale of disaster. The flood transformed part of the nation and had a major cultural and political impact on the rest. Rising Tide is an American epic about science, race, honor, politics, and society.

Rising Tide begins in the 19th century, when the first serious attempts to control the river began. From the engineers and the dominant families in the Delta to the New Orleans elite, Rising Tide tells how the flood changed the face of American and laid the groundwork for the New Deal.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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.” Tom Wicker, New York Times bestselling author
“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.” New York Times Book Review
“An important contribution to history and literature.” Los Angeles Times
“An absorbing account of a little-known, yet monumental event in American history, Rising Tide reveals how human behavior proved more destructive than the swollen river itself.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“A fascinating social history of the effects of the massive flood…Recommended.” Library Journal
“Barry has fashioned an epic from this dramatic historic incident…An informative work, interestingly told.” Booklist
“[A] brilliantly narrated epic story of the misuse of engineering in thrall to politics…A fascinating, cautionary tale of humans versus nature.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: John M. Barry

John M. Barry is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous award-winning books. Barry has been a keynote speaker at many prestigious events, and his articles have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Fortune, Time, and Newsweek, among others. He is also a regular guest on many television programs, including NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC’s World News, and NPR’s All Things Considered. He currently lives in New Orleans.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 4.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English