The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
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... show more
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.
Publish date: December 14th 2005
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Pages no: 340
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, 20th Century
, American History
This book managed at times to almost move me to tears of compassion for the people affected by the Great Depression and absolute white-hot rage at how the land was treated. First about the people: insofar as they suffered from the economic effects of the Great Depression and the accompanying colla...
"After more than sixty-five years, some of the land is still sterile and drifting. But in the heart of the old Dust Bowl now are three national grasslands run by the Forest Servie. The land is green in the spring and burns in the summer, as it did in the past, and antelope come through and graze, wa...
My family lived this story so I may be a little bit prejudiced toward it. This is a history of people who lived through the Dust Bowl and my family, grandparents and mom, did just that. My mother owns the book but hasn't been able to read it yet because it is too painful. If you aren't familiar w...
It's not a bad book, but it's very history-y. I need mine wrapped up in cheese before I can chow down, sadly.
Reading this book, the word that came most often to mind was “apocalypse.” I’d heard of the dust bowl but never realized what a harrowing, long-lasting catastrophe it was. The descriptions of the storms, which could as easily have been dubbed dirt storms, were frightening and fascinating. They were ...