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The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Worst Hard Time The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Author: Timothy Egan
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 r...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780618773473
ISBN-10: 0618773479
Publication Date: 9/1/2006
Pages: 352
Edition: Reprint
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Publisher: Mariner Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Can't put down story of those who survived the American Dust Bowl years. Dramatic, heart-wrenching and haunting. Powerful cautionary tale about the dangers of trifling with nature. Truth really is stranger than fiction.
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Good account of the Dust Bowl area and those that stayed through this time.
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This is a very well written book about the horrific dusters, "snusters", and government scams. It tells, in many of the survivors's own words, how people's dreams were shattered by many droughts and gov't greed. The land they were given still held an indescribable "pull " for most, however, even though it had failed them.. The resilience of the human spirit is felt very keenly.
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These stories are hard to take, especially knowing how our government was involved.
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I must truly say that this was the best book I read all year!!
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The story Egan has to tell is fascinating, there's no doubt about it, and your heart breaks for the brave, hopeful, stubborn and desperate people who suffered through one of the worst ecological disasters of our country. But I'm surprised at how many of these reviews laud Egan as a great writer. He's really only a fair writer whose choppy, disorganized and sometimes hyperbolic writing style mars the narrative, and makes it difficult to figure out which of the countless people he seemingly randomly introduces will end up as the book's central cast of characters, and which will never be heard from again. I'm someone who rarely gives up on a book, but I quit reading this one before even reaching 100 pages. After that, I skipped around to find the "headlines" and read the epilogue, and that's it. A shame this fascinating and important story was not better told.
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It was hard to read these first hand stories of life in the dust bowl and depression. Difficult to read, but rewarding as well, to know how strong the survivors were as a result. Should be required reading in school. I will read it again.
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Excellent book. Full of information we never learned in school. Makes the era of the Depression very real and in describing the dust storms, you can almost taste the grit in your teeth. If you enjoy history or want to know more of why the dust storms happened, this is the book to read. I found many things that made me think that the people in this generation didn't learn anything from the misery in the late 20's and 30's. They tend to repeat history instead of learning from it.This is a book I will want to read again.

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