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Wednesday, August 23, 2006
The book I've been recommending for the past year -- to everyone I meet, regardless of whether they have an interest in disaster law -- is John Barry's Rising Tide. It's a terrific combination of social and political history seasoned with interesting stuff on engineering and hydraulics. A single flood led to Herbert Hoover's presidency, a mass exodus of blacks from the Delta to the North, and a transformed federal role in flood control (and ultimately more broadly). It's truly a fascinating read.