John M. Barry

Rising Tide: How the Great Mississippi Flood Changed America


Entretenimiento: 7/10

Información: 9/10


There are several stories here interelated that make an epic mosaic of Mississippian proportions.  The interacial relations always on the background of what the high potentates -both from Washington and otherwise- decided to do with the lives of those under their arrogant and jealous rule, blacks and whites, and otherwise too. All classes of Americans are presented here during those fast and furious years of America's coming-of-age. The genious of America, the enterprising, the ambitions and dreams, and the sheer survival skills against all odds.  Alas, America untamed.

Here are the engineers who competed to tame the Mississippi; here are the rich and poor; the genius and the average; the privileged and the oppressed; all together in a land that reminds one of many biblical passages: Eden and the expulsion therefrom; the Deluge, of course ...and not to forget that 'love of money is the root of evil'. I keep wondering if teenage America could have grown to be a real man, and not the mama's boy it's become for good if the leaders of the country then weren't the up-to-no-good rascals they were, and instead, were worthy of the Adamses, Washingtons, Jeffersons and all those who made the country whose flag we now burn and despise.

Well told; not at all in the sanctimonious tone one would expect; fast paced, right to the point, entertaining all the time. A little too technical, perhaps, when dwelling in the engineering chapters of the levees, but nothing serious.

The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved!” - Jer. 8:20




On Cuba's Revolution:

"The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti, In the Pirate's Den

España [por el contrario de Estados Unidos] se ha ido configurando, siglo a siglo, como una sociedad herida por la envidia, en la que todavía hacer demagogia con la pobreza rinde réditos electorales y donde los que han tenido o tienen grandes riquezas -tanto los progres como la iglesia católica– no pocas veces predican la solidaridad con el prójimo a la vez que protegen sus patrimonios nada desdeñables en SICAVs, algo, dicho sea de paso, bastante lógico tal y como está el panorama fiscal.”

César Vidal en su artículo Las razones de una diferencia en

2. La Constitución se fundamenta en la indisoluble unidad de la Nación española, patria común e indivisible de todos los españoles.

3.1. El castellano es la lengua española oficial del Estado. Todos los españoles tienen el deber de conocerla y el derecho a usarla.

'The Pale Maiden'
"Thus heaven I've forfeited,
I know it full well
My soul, once true to God
Is chosen for hell."

by Karl Marx

from Richard Wurmbrand´s book on Marx

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