John M. Barry is an American author and historian, perhaps best known for his books on the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 the influenza pandemic of 1918 and his book on the development of the modern form of the ideas of separation of church and state and individual liberty. His most recent book is Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty (Viking 2012).
Barry’s 1997 book Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list and won the 1998 Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians for the year’s best book on American history. His work on water-related issues was recognized by the National Academies of Sciences in its invitation to give the 2006 Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecture on Water Resources; he is the only non-scientist ever to give that lecture.
Books in order of publication:
The Ambition and the Power: A True Story of Washington – 1989
Cell: Unlocking the Mysteries of Cancer – 1992
Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America – 1997
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Plague in History – 2004
Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty (2012)