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Rising Tide - Abridged

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America

By John M. Barry
Narrated by George Grizzard / 4 hours 49 minutes

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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Narrator George Grizzard
ISBN 9780743548434
Length 4 hours 49 minutes
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date
Edition Abridged
Libro.fm Rank #109,001 Overall
Genre Rank #6,170 in History
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