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Rising Tide by John M. Barry
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Feb 22, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction
Recommended to SteveR by: Randy Cates
Read in February, 2009, read count: 1

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 and national politicians.

It is a very different and eye opening book about a part of America not often discussed.
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