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

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    "The Worst Hard Time is an epic story of blind hope and endurance almost beyond belief; it is also, as Tim Egan has told it, a riveting tale of bumptious charlatans, conmen, and tricksters, environmental arrogance and hubris, political chican......more

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"The Worst Hard Time is an epic story of blind hope and endurance almost beyond belief; it is also, as Tim Egan has told it, a riveting tale of bumptious charlatans, conmen, and tricksters, environmental arrogance and hubris, political chicanery, and a ruinous ignorance of nature's ways. Egan has reached across the generations and brought us the people who played out the drama in this devastated land, and uses their voices to tell the story as well as it could ever be told." Marq de Villiers, author of Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prizewinning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod homes to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. He follows their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the deaths of loved ones. Drawing on the voices of those who stayed and survivedthose who, now in their eighties and nineties, will soon carry their memories to the graveEgan tells a story of endurance and heroism against the backdrop of the Great Depression.

As only great history can, Egan's book captures the very voice of the times: its grit, pathos, and abiding courage. Combining the human drama of Isaac's Storm with the sweep of The American People in the Great Depression, The Worst Hard Time is a lasting and important work of American history.

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

As one who, as a young reporter, survived and reported on the great Dust Bowl disaster, I recommend this book as a dramatic, exciting, and accurate account of that incredible and deadly phenomenon. This is can’t-put-it-down history.” Walter Cronkite

"The Worst Hard Time is wonderful: ribbed like surf, and battering us with a national epic that ranks second only to the Revolution and the Civil War. Egan knows this and convincingly claims recognition for his subjectas we as a country finally accomplished, first with Lewis and Clark, and then for 'the greatest generation,' many of whose members of course were also survivors of the hardships of the Great Depression. This is a banner, heartfelt but informative book, full of energy, research, and compassion." Edward Hoagland, author of Compass Points: How I Lived

"Here's a terrific true storywho could put it down? Egan humanizes Dust Bowl history by telling the vivid stories of the families who stayed behind. One loves the people and admires Egan's vigor and sympathy." Annie Dillard, author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

"The American West got lucky when Tim Egan focused his acute powers of observation on its past and present. Egan's remarkable combination of clear analysis and warm empathy anchors his portrait of the women and men who held on to their placesand held on to their soulsthrough the nearly unimaginable miseries of the Dust Bowl. This book provides the finest mental exercise for people wanting to deepen, broaden, and strengthen their thinking about the relationship of human beings to this earth." Patricia N. Limerick, author of The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West

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.

Author:
Egan, Timothy
Genre:
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
Audience:
General/trade
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
340
Language:
English
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Publish Date:
09/01/2006
Copyright Year:
2006
ISBN:
9780618773473
Height:
8.25 in
Wdth:
5.75 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.8 lb
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  • Great history

    The price is less than the store's. It's a great history of the era.

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  • Very good historical read

    I really enjoyed this book. I did not know much about the period of the Dust Bowl going into this book. However, being from the panhandle of Texas I was immediately interested as it referenced many places I was very familiar with. Bits of the book get a little tedious (dust, dust and more dust!) But mainly held my interest very well. Would definitely recommend.

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    gave as gift, along with other items. this book was especially appreciated.

  • Piece of History---

    Tells it like it was..Dark days in our history about very hardy and determined people.

  • The Worst Hard Time

    I grew up learning that the Dust Bowl was a difficult time for our country. Little did I realize just how much suffering and sacrifice the people in the region experienced. This book relates the true stories of the tremendous struggles of individuals and families that lived and died during this time. What true tenacity and grit these people had. The book educates the reader as to the hows and whys the Dust Bowl occurred. The author explains how the destruction of land, weather conditions and economic failure lead to this horrific time in the 1930's. If you read it, you will undoubtedly come away with a new understanding of the time and a great appreciation for those people. It's well written and a great book to own.

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