Rising Tide - John M. Barry

Rising Tide

By John M. Barry

  • Release Date: 2007-09-17
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4.5
From 44 Ratings


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.


  • Engrossing

    By Tri4man
    This is a fabulous book that should be read by every American. The author's research and ability to weave the fabric of disparate but interrelated events is superb. I whole heartedly recommend it.
  • Gripping at times, slow at others

    By FallChill
    Tells the often fascinating stories of engineers, politicians, and planters who developed the delta and tried to control the river that created it.