Rising Tide

  • by John M. Barry
  • Narrated by Barry Grizzard
  • 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"It is a gripping narrative...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 the truth." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Where is the rest of the book?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Great topic and narrator but the abridged version is way too short! I would pass on this audiobook for the original version.


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- Karen

lessons from yesterday for today

I ordered this title because I grew up near Greenville, MS, and was curious what a comparative "outsider" might say so long after the fact.
I heard many tales of this flood, and the Percy family so key to this book was well known (believe a room in the local library was named for them among other items, and read Lanterns on the Levee in high school).
The reader does a good job.
A cautionary tale of scientific and engineering rivalry over flood control theory, and how it combined with having the absolutely wrong leader in place at a critical time. Those power struggles are timeless. As Katrina shows, they never DID get the flood control problems handled right. . .but the lessons go well beyond just the Mississippi River and who claims to control it.
Not preachy, and not dry. Truly well done.
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- Mary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-16-2005
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio