No One Had a Tongue to Speak (Hardcover)

The Untold Story of One of History's Deadliest Floods

By Utpal Sandesara, Tom Wooten

Prometheus Books, 9781616144319, 411pp.

Publication Date: May 24, 2011



This is a thoroughly researched examination of the little-known, but devastating Machhu Dam disaster in India which occurred on August 11th, 1979, after a week of extraordinary monsoon rains in the Gujurat province.

About the Author

Utpal Sandesara (Philadelphia, PA), the son of a Machhu flood survivor, is pursuing an MD and a PhD in social anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. As a Harvard Frederick Sheldon Prize Fellow, he worked as a researcher for Peru's Ministry of Health, preparing a report on the integration of prenatal care with testing and treatment of HIV and syphilis in the national health system.

Tom Wooten (New Orleans, LA) teaches writing at KIPP McDonogh 15 School for the Creative Arts in New Orleans as a Teach for America corps member. As a Harvard Kennedy School research fellow, he traveled to New Orleans to conduct interviews with the leaders of the city's neighborhood-based recovery efforts.

While pursuing degrees in Harvard University's Social Studies program, the authors traveled to India, where they did the field research that is the foundation of this book.