Rising Tide

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Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 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 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 Washington...Rising Tide is a brilliant match of scholarship and investigative journalism". -- Jason Berry, Chicago Tribune