John M. Barry


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John M. Barry is an American author and historian, perhaps best known for his books on the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 the influenza pandemic of 1918 and his book on the development of the modern form of the ideas of separation of church and state and individual liberty. His most recent book is Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty (Viking 2012).

Barry's 1997 book Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list and won the 1998 Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians for the year's best book on American history. His work on water-related issues was recognized by the National Academies o
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The Great Influenza: The St...

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Rising Tide: The Great Miss...

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Roger Williams and the Crea...

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The Ambition and the Power:...

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Power Plays: Politics, Foot...

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Natural Vegetation of South...

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“Influenza killed more people in a year than the Black Death of the Middle Ages killed in a century; it killed more people in twenty-four weeks than AIDS has killed in twenty-four years.”
John M. Barry, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

“The foundation of morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying.”
John M. Barry, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

“What’s true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well. It helps men to rise above themselves.”
John M. Barry, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

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