Ambition and the Power:
A true story of Washington"
John M. Barry is currently Distinguished
Visiting Scholar at Tulane University. Before becoming a writer he coached
football, and was on the staff of the Tulane team with the highest national
ranking-- until this year-- since 1948. In the 1980s, Barry covered
national politics and economics as Washington editor of Dun's Review. He
also wrote for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Esquire, Newsweek,
and The Washington Post.
His first book, "The Ambition
and the Power: A true story of Washington", was cited by The New York
Times as one of the ten best books ever written on Washington and Congress.
His second book "The Transformed Cell", co-authored with Dr. Steven Rosenberg
of the National Cancer Institute, explores cancer research, immunotherapy,
and gene therapy and has been published in 12 languages.
Rising Tide was also cited as
"Book to Remember" for 1997 by the New York Public Library, and won the
Southern Book Award, the Lillian Smith Award for "contribution to the life
of the South," the McLemore Prize of the Mississippi Historical Society,
and the first book award ever given by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
It was named "Notable Book of the year" by The New York Times and "best
nonfiction of the year" by The Los Angeles Times.
|"To control the Mississippi
River...is a mighty task. It requires more than confidence;
it requires hubris."
||His third book, Rising
Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America,
won the Francis Parkman Prize, given by the Society of American Historians
for the outstanding book of American history for 1997. Past winners
of this award include David McCullough, Daniel Boorstin, Arthur Schlesinger
Jr, and James McGregor Burns.
Barry has a B.A. from Brown
University and did graduate work in history at the University of Rochester.
With his wife Anne Hudgins Sullivan, he divides his time between New Orleans
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