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

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In a tour de force of historical reportage, Timothy Egans National Book Award-winning story rescues an iconic chapter of American history from the shadows.

 

The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Timothy 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, he 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 reminder about the dangers of trifling with nature.

Synopsis:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist brings together an oral history of the American Dust Bowl that devastated the Great Plains during the Great Depression, following several families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region and their desperate struggle to persevere despite the devastation. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.

Synopsis:

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 Prize-winning New York Times journalist and

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Live Through This — I promise: Great Plowup, 1901-1930: Wanderer — No man's land — Creating Dalhart — High plains Deutsch — Last of the great plowup — Betryal, 1931-1933: First Wave — Darkening — In a dry land — New leader, New Deal — Big blows — Blowup, 1934-1939: — Triage — Long darkness — Struggle for Air — Showdown in Dalhart — Duster's eve — Black Sunday — Call to arms — Goings — Witnesses — Saddest land — Verdict — Cornhusker II — Last men — Cornhusker III — Rain — Epilogue — Notes and sources — Acknowledgments — Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547347776
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Midwest
Author:
Egan, Timothy
Author:
Timothy Egan
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/Depression
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939
Subject:
Great Plains History 20th century.
Subject:
Americana-Great Plains
Subject:
Audio Books-World History
Subject:
US History-1920 to 1960
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
History : United States - 20th Century
Subject:
History : United States - State & Local - Midwest
Subject:
Nature : Natural Disasters
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
352

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Product details 352 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - English 9780547347776 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist brings together an oral history of the American Dust Bowl that devastated the Great Plains during the Great Depression, following several families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region and their desperate struggle to persevere despite the devastation. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.
"Synopsis" by , 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 Prize-winning New York Times journalist and
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