Rising Tide 

"The Transformed Cell" 

 "The Ambition and the Power:
A true story of Washington"

John Barry
River Author
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. 
"To control the Mississippi 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. 
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. 

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 and Washington. 

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