The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

By Timothy Egan
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Mariner Books, (9/1/2006)
Language:English



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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.
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Worth the time to get through the science and data.  Relates to various crisis that happen today, financial, hurricanes, drought, infertility, and more.
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Bookslut's thoughts on "The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl"
updated on:8/29/2010

Fairly dense prose so it took a while to work through it.  Certainly provides perspective on what we're going through (the Great Recession vs the Great Depression).  Things could be so much worse. . .

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"The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl"
By Timothy Egan

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TIMOTHY EGAN is a national enterprise reporter for the New York Times. He is the author of five books and the recipient of several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Seattle, Washington.


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