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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.
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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, #147;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 #147;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
Bibliography: Includes bibliographcial references (p. 315-327) and index
Subject Headings: Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939 Droughts Great Plains History 20th century Dust storms Great Plains History 20th century Depressions 1929 Great Plains Great Plains History 20th century Great Plains Social conditions 20th century
Topical Term: Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939
Droughts
Dust storms
Depressions
Authors, American
LCCN: 2005008057
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Join the discussion on Sept. 20, 2014. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Egan tells the story of a half dozen courageous families and their communities as they struggle through the darkest years of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.

Join the discussion on April 16, 2015. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Egan tells the story of six courageous families and their communities as they struggle through the darkest years of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.

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.

Anyone who lived through the Dust Bowl, and is still with us, is now in their 80's or older. Egan follows their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the deaths of loved ones. Winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2006.

Award winning New York Timesreporter Egan tackles the great dust bowl phenomenon of the 1930's and 40's in this multi-tiered account. He shares incredible eye-witness accounts as well as the overwhelming convergences of failed agricultural practices, ill-fated government policies, and the costs o... Read More »


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Jul 28, 2014
  • ckaldahl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Takes some patience to get into it but you do become attached to the stories.

Apr 21, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A interesting history of a part of the country with which I was unfamiliar. It told about how the inhabitants who didn't leave coped with their harsh environment. It also describled some massive government reclamation projects of the New Deal which I had not heard of. Easy reading history.

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.

Feb 09, 2011
  • 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.

Mar 09, 2010
  • 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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