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The Worst Hard Time

The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Egan, Timothy (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Worst Hard Time


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The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Timothy Egan's critically acclaimed account rescues this iconic chapter of American history from the shadows in a tour de force of historical reportage. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Brilliantly capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe, Egan does equal justice to the human characters who become his heroes, "the stoic, long-suffering men and women whose lives he opens up with urgency and respect" (New York Times). In an era that promises ever-greater natural disasters, The Worst Hard Time is "arguably the best nonfiction book yet" (Austin Statesman Journal) on the greatest environmental disaster ever to be visited upon our land and a powerful cautionary tale about the dangers of trifling with nature.
Authors: Egan, Timothy
Title: The worst hard time
the untold story of those who survived the great American dust bowl
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Co.,, c2006
Characteristics: x, 340 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Timothy Egan
Contents: Promise: the great plowup, 1901-1930. The wanderer
No man's land
Creating Dalhart
High plains Deutsch
Last of the great plowup
Betrayal, 1931-1933. First wave
A darkening
In a dry land
New leader, New Deal
Big blows
Blowup, 1934-1939. Triage
The long darkness
The struggle for air
Showdown in Dalhart
Duster's eve
Black Sunday
A call to arms
Goings
Witnesses
The saddest land
Verdict
Cornhusker II
The last men
Cornhusker III
Rain
ISBN: 0618773479
9780618773473
061834697X
9780618346974
Branch Call Number: 978 E28w 2006
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Report This Apr 14, 2013
  • hmcgivney rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written, but sometimes hard to read because of the sheer amount of hardship that the dust bowl dwellers had to endure. Eight years of drought, the land in revolt, the Great Depression... it was just awful. I also can't help shaking my head at the sheer hubris of the people to think that plowing up millions of acres of grassland was a good idea, and that wheat prices were only going to go up. It also reminds me that human nature is fundamentally unchanged, and we are repeating some of the same mistakes now.

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  • Jennmro rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book though did get bogged down a bit in a few places. Would definitely recommend it.

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  • SpindleandShuttle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Moving stories of the lives of small farm families who lived through the Dust Bowl years. A good read definitely!

This is one of the most compelling stories about surviving the dust bowl. It is incredibly well written. You won't forget it.

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