Author John M. Barry is an award-winning author and historian who captivates readers with nonfiction prose on topics ranging from the influenza pandemic of 1918 to the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. Published in 2012, his latest – Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State and the Birth of Liberty – explores the separation of church and state through the story of Roger Williams, Rhode Island’s founder and the first to link religious freedom to individual liberty.
The Society of American Historians named John M. Barry’s Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America as the year’s best book on American History. The National Academy of Sciences named The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History the year’s best book on science and medicine, and he is the only non-scientist ever to give the National Academy’s annual Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecture. He has advised the Bush and Obama White Houses on pandemic preparedness and serves on the board overseeing the levee districts in New Orleans.