One book on the list:
Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America by John M BarryRead about another book on the list.
A controversial account of one of the 20th century's great disasters, John M Barry's Rising Tide examines the social history of a flood which left living areas submerged under 30 feet of water. Some 300,000 African-Americans were forced into refugee camps while others never returned to their homes. Barry suggests that the flood, in the changes it initiated, was ultimately responsible for the demise of the old plantation aristocracy.
Rising Tide is also one of M.L. Malcolm's six great books about natural disasters.