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Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America By John M. Barry Rising Tide The Great Mississippi Flood of and How It Changed America In an epic that is nothing less than the story of America itself Wil Hygood The Boston Globe Barry begins in the th century with man s battle to control the Mississippi River and the development
  • Title: Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America
  • Author: John M. Barry
  • ISBN: 9780684810461
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America By John M. Barry In an epic that is nothing less than the story of America itself Wil Hygood, The Boston Globe , Barry begins in the 19th century with man s battle to control the Mississippi River and the development of a unique society in the Delta and New Orleans The tale ends with murder, dynamited levees, and national political changes that resonate today The 1927 flood washed awaIn an epic that is nothing less than the story of America itself Wil Hygood, The Boston Globe , Barry begins in the 19th century with man s battle to control the Mississippi River and the development of a unique society in the Delta and New Orleans The tale ends with murder, dynamited levees, and national political changes that resonate today The 1927 flood washed away a culture, elected Huey Long governor and Herbert Hoover president, and drove hundreds of thousands of blacks north A gripping account of the mammoth flooding of 1927 that devastated Mississippi and Louisiana and sent political shock waves to WashingtonRising Tide is a brilliant match of scholarship and investigative journalism Jason Berry, Chicago Tribune
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    1. John M. Barry

      John M Barry is an American author and historian, perhaps best known for his books on the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 the influenza pandemic of 1918and his book on the development of the modern form of the ideas of separation of church and state and individual liberty His most recent book is Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty Viking 2012.Barry s 1997 book Rising Tide The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list and won the 1998 Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians for the year s best book on American history His work on water related issues was recognized by the National Academies of Sciences in its invitation to give the 2006 Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecture on Water Resources he is the only non scientist ever to give that lecture.His 2004 book The Great Influenza The Epic Story of the Greatest Plague in History was also a New York Times Best Seller, and won the 2005 Keck Communications Award from the United States National Academies of Science for the year s outstanding book on science or medicine In 2005 he also won the September 11th Award from the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Pathogens at Brown University He has served on a federal government s Infectious Disease Board of Experts, on the advisory board of MIT s Center for Engineering Fundamentals, and on the advisory committee at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for its Center for Refugee and Disaster Response.The expertise he developed in these two areas has involved him in policy making, risk communication and disaster management strategies, and developing resilient communities, and this work resulted in his induction into Delta Omega, the academic honorary society for public health More specifically, he has advised the private sector and local, state, national, and international government officials about preparing for another influenza pandemic He has also both advised officials and taken a direct role in preparing for water related disasters A resident of New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina he was also named to both the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority, which is the levee board overseeing several separate levee districts in the New Orleans area, and the state s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, which is responsible for hurricane protection for the entire state.His first book, The Ambition and the Power A true story of Washington, appeared in 1989 and explored the operation of the U.S Congress, the use of power by Speaker of the House Jim Wright, and the rise of future Speaker Newt Gingrich In 1995 the New York Times named it one of the eleven best books ever written on Congress and Washington.With Steven Rosenberg, MD, Ph.D chief of the Surgery Branch at the National Cancer Institute and a pioneer in the development of immunotherapy for cancer stimulating the immune system to attack cancer Barry co authored his second book, The Transformed Cell Unlocking the Mysteries of Cancer, which was published in 12 languages.Barry has written for The New York Times, Time Magazine, Fortune, The Washington Post, Esquire, and other publications and frequently appears as a guest commentator on broadcast media.He has also coached high school and college football, and his first published article was about blocking assignments for offensive linemen and appeared in a professional journal for coaches, Coach.

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    1. Barry gives us much than the story of a flood We get the history of the Mississippi Delta and of the efforts to tame the river, still a work in progress He shows how the politics of Mississippi and Louisiana were shaped by the river and how the river s turmoil spread to Washington even determining who would be president We learn about the plantation sharecropping system of the 1920 s in the Delta and how the Great Flood of 1927 showed Delta blacks were essentially treated as still slaves He tel [...]


    2. I found this a fantastic look at both the geology hydrology of the Mississippi River and the society that grew around its delta Mr Barry does a very commendable job of exploring both the problems and advantages of living next to the longest river in North America.The author starts out the narrative by exploring the attempts to tame the Mississippi Riven the late 19th Century and the rivalry that developed between two men Gen Andrew Humphreys head of the Army s Engineer Department and a self taug [...]


    3. This book explains many issues that I never understood from my basic public school history class taught by a coach years When did blacks defect from the Republican party, the party of Lincoln, and flock to the Democrat party Why did they do that When did the federal government first step in to organize help after a disaster where before local communities were on their own I have read John Barry s other book on The Great Influenza , and found it to be an absolutely excellent book This book is onl [...]


    4. Don t let the title fool you, while the focus of the book is the great 1927 flood an event overlooked today , this is a book about the Mississippi River and man s attempt to live with and in some cases tame it Full of rich descriptions of men and women whose lives were shaped by the river and the 1927 flood, and of powerful men who tried to control and profit from it, including one who became President, this book really grabs you from the outset.Starting with early attempts to erect bridges over [...]


    5. Quite interesting historically, politically, geographically, scientificallyd, to a lesser degree than what I d hoped for, a sociological exploration of the massive Mississippi River basin and the flood of 1927 in relation to agriculture, geographical division, political power, economy, transportation, and race relations An exceptionally noteworthy book, in that it s studiously researched and documented, yet maintains an entertaining, conversational fluidity However, there were times when I felt [...]


    6. Charley Patton expertly summarized both the majesty and impact of the great Mississippi flood of 1927 in under three minutes in High Water Everywhere Well, backwater done rose all around Sumner now, drove me down the line Backwater done rose at Sumner, drove poor Charley down the line Lord, I ll tell the world the water, done crept through this town Lord, the whole round country, Lord, river has overflowed Lord, the whole round country, man, is overflowed You know I can t stay here, I ll go wher [...]


    7. There s nothing worse for an old American history major to read a book and discover how ignorant of that history he really is The 1927 flood of the Mississippi River may have been the worst natural disaster in terms of people displaced and society destroyed that America has ever faced it quite simply dwarfs Hurricane Katrina in 2005 The author details the battles over man s often futile attempts to control the Mississippi the rich and racist white society that controlled the Deep South and their [...]


    8. This is one of the most powerful books I ve ever read It s thick but I would not have wanted it any shorter I was born in Texas because of this flood My father s parents added up their earnings from a year of sharecropping in southern Louisiana, and it came to 14 They moved to get jobs for several years But until I read this book, I had no idea that my family is only a tiny ripple of lingering consequences from that flood Aftereffects are visible in local and national politics in the USA The acc [...]


    9. I read Rising Tide after being educated and entertained by Barry s recent Roger Williams That was a mistake In Rising Tide we are given a detaileda very detailedory of a truly enormous and tragic history of an American natural disaster that I had never before known about The enormity of the flood, however was trumped by the flood of anecdotes and details A careful job of editing would have improved my appreciation of Barry s research and scholarship.That said, Rising Tide opened my eyes to a s [...]


    10. This wasn t a bad read, but it was disappointing in one major way 3 4 of the book had basically nothing to do with the flood of 1927 Almost every page was about the history of the competing, mistaken beliefs about the Mississippi River Valley, including several short form biographies of the famous men who held those beliefs I was pleased to see several names pop up of people I ve read about in other books Leander Perez, Isaac Cline because they helped give the story context and helped orient me [...]


    11. An amazing book that goes far beyond the story of the 1927 flood Although like most popular history books today its subtitle contains the words d How It Changed America, the most interesting and extensive part of the book actually deals with the background to the flood Barry tells the amazing story of the Mississippi Delta, which, due to its association with the Blues, I had always assumed was a particularly backward and racist region Turns out that one semi benevolent planter family the Percys, [...]


    12. John Barry begins his story with a prologue that describes a quasi aristocratic party held near the Mississippi River with the threat of a flood hanging overhead The leading men in the city attending the party are given a warning of the threat that the levees may not hold and they then drive out to the levees to examine them The prologue leaves the reader hanging wondering the importance of the men and the relevance over whether the levees hold In the following pages, Barry outlines his thesis a [...]


    13. This is a fascinating book about the enormous flood that inundated much of the Mississippi basin in 1927 In fact, the flood covered an areas greater than several northeastern states combined The flood stretched from Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico, and in some places the water was thirty feet deep In a nation of 120 million, over one million were left homeless.The reasons for the flood were numerous a river policy that emerged from the hatred of two engineers James Eads and Andrew Humphreys for e [...]


    14. Well, well here we are again Another hot summer has started and water is rising down South At least this time we re not at the mercy of the Army Corps oh wait Hmmm Pack your paperwork, I beseech you my river neighbors.Just in case However, it is true that the earthen levee system of the Mississippi is much substantial and a SYSTEM rather than the concrete pieces that were built on peat moss and sand along the canals of our Lake Pontchartrain and Industrial Canal here in New Orleans We can be re [...]


    15. One day in the mid seventies while driving across the great plains and listening to Don McLean sing American Pie, It was a great time to be in America,most Americans needed little instruction in how they wanted to live They were optimistic about the future The black and white days were over.Bye bye, Miss American Pie.drove my Chevy to the leveebut the levee was dry I turned to my brother and his partner and asked what is a levee They both looked at me as if what kind of trolodyke I might be.A fe [...]


    16. This book is an amazing achievement I expected to learn much about the 1927 Mississippi River flood, but Barry s book has a much wider scope It begins with the stories of the 19th century engineers who knew the river intimately, and how their disagreements set the stage for devastation in the 20th century By the end of the book, Barry has clearly set forth the ways in which the flood changed our country in terms of public policy, racial politics, populist politics, even why New Orleans continues [...]


    17. Packed with incredible depth and detail, Rising Tide beautifully explores the context and historical significance of the 1927 Mississippi River flood While its content is very dense and thoroughly well researched , Barry still manages to craft this story so that it reads like a wonderfully engaging novel He combines the engineering, scientific, political, and social aspects of the region and the time period quite seamlessly The valuable information and perspective packed into the book s 500 page [...]


    18. Frankly, I was not aware of the importance of the sequence of events surrounding the great flood of 1927 and the lasting effect this drama had on American history Herbert Hoover s rise to prominence, the shifting of power within racial politics, the class wars in New Orleans all engrossing This was still an era when a lawman could charge into a black man s home, kill him, and get away with it This is a big book which is brilliantly researched I m glad I read it and I highly recommend it One iron [...]


    19. Well written, captivating exploration of the powers of a river he explains the science of currents well , the delusions and hubris of man thinking we can master creation and the depravity of man evident in the indifference of the powerful to those of a different race and class Barry weaves all this together in a compelling narrative of a pivotal event in history.This year s 2011 s floods have been called repeatedly the worst since 1927, so it might be interesting to go back and re read or read f [...]


    20. This book is interesting on many levels Part of the book addresses technical and engineering aspects of the Mississippi river i.e levies, jetties, inlets and outlets including engineering studies and the Army Corp of Engineering dating back to the civil war It also addresses people, politicians, industry, segregation and discrimination in the US and south.The flood of 1927 was unprecedented and devastating It seems to have brought out the best and worst of American citizens, local politicians an [...]


    21. This is not an obvious book to read about disasters BUT I can add that it is a GREAT book to read It s very well researched and very informative about the power plays between the Corps of Engineers and private individuals to determine how and where levies should shoud not be built You also learn about the political figures of the days, the geographical significance of the rivers involved, and the social and cultural issues in the areas where the flood occurred There s pictures of the people invo [...]


    22. I learned so much from this book I had honestly never realized that the magnitude of the flooding happened in part because of conflicting politics, that the levees didn t have to be blown up to save New Orleans, that Coolidge was an ineffective president, that Hoover manipulated and used high ranking black officials to obtain their vote, that no one seemed to care about the people who lost everything in the floods it was eye opening, and I was completely riveted Definitely recommend to non ficti [...]


    23. I learned about the Mississippi Delta in this book than I was expecting And enough about river science to make me really, really afraid of the monster that is the Mississippi River.




    24. This book was not what I expected I was expecting some historic accounts of individuals that dealt with the flood of 1927, some first hand accounts of the devestation, and maybe some information on the faulty engineering beliefs and theories of the day that lead to such a terrible flood Well, it included a lot of that but it included oh so much To be honest, I almost put this book down and passed on it But I decided to stick it out a little longer just to see what came of it Am I glad I did Thi [...]


    25. This epic and it really is an epic describes the causes, events and effects of the great Mississippi flood of 1927, which devastated hundreds of thousands of people throughout the South and Midwest Barry describes how a rivalry between engineers led to a flawed system of flood control how the political system of the South led some cities most notably New Orleans to be saved while rural areas were deliberately destroyed how the flood led to the rise and fall of Herbert Hoover, the Great Humanitar [...]


    26. The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 is an excellent backdrop to highlight how American society has changed over the decades how institutions, including governments, work, or don t work and how nature will eventually win over human endeavors First, nature Despite the descriptions of cubic feet per second of water flow or how many square miles were inundated or the sheer size of the levees, I have difficulty comprehending the extent and force of the Mississippi River and its drainage basin third, [...]


    27. Another exhaustive history by John Barry The amount of research he conducts is awesome in the true sense of the word And He always brings such a broad scope to any topic he tackles I truly loved the first section of the book that dealt with the latter 19th century civilian and Army Corp of Engineers attempts to tame the river Even though the rest of the book was interesting including the race situation along the lower Mississippi and how the New Orleans elite pushed to have two poor parishes fur [...]


    28. In 1927 the Mississippi River flooded along almost its entire length The levees that were supposed to protect the surrounding area failed as water poured into cities like Greenville, Mississippi Over 27,000 square miles were flooded By May of 1927, parts of the river were 60 miles wide A levee was deliberately dynamited to prevent the flooding of New Orleans which caused the flooding of most of St Bernard Parish Even though the people in the flooded areas were promised to be paid for their losse [...]


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