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Rising Tide by John M. Barry
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Aug 18, 2010

it was amazing
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This is one of the most powerful books I've ever read. It's thick but I would not have wanted it any shorter. I was born in Texas because of this flood. My father's parents added up their earnings from a year of sharecropping in southern Louisiana, and it came to $14. They moved to get jobs for several years. But until I read this book, I had no idea that my family is only a tiny ripple of lingering consequences from that flood. Aftereffects are visible in local and national politics in the USA. The accounts of what happened in Greenville and around New Orleans are painful. As for what we've done to the river... When I hear some Britons talk about what they want to do to some of their rivers to manage flooding, I tell them to read this book. I tell them not to make the same mistakes with their rivers that we made with our grandest river.
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