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

Kate Ryan, August 5, 2012

In light of the current drought in the midwest, this book is both timely and frightening. The settlers of the past, guided by the US government's desire to wrest the land from the Native , virtually gave away huge plots of land and encouraged farmers to grow wheat, corn, etc. So they ripped up the buffalo grass that had survived for centuries and planted their bumper crops and then hit a drought with killer winds that blew away the crops, the remaining top soil, and then the farmers themselves. This book serves as an object lesson and a warning. As we all anticipate the climbing cost of food next winter, we should learn from the lessons of the past. How does that saying go again? "Those who ignore...
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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Kate Ryan, August 4, 2012

This is an amazing book, if only for the special way they describe the training of The Sawtelle Dogs. While the plot may be overly familiar to some, making it to the end will give you new insight into the way you relate to and train your own dogs. It also gives some fascinating insight into the foundations of the dog training for the original Seeing Eye program. For anyone interested in the genetics and training of dogs, or who just like to read about people training them, this one is a must read.
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