The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who 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 TimesIn 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

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

  1. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    How to explain a place where hollow bellied horses chewed on fence posts , where static electricity made it painful to shake another man s hand, where the only thing growing that a man or cow could eat was an unwelcome foreigner, the Russian thistle How to explain fifty thousand orhouses abandoned throughout the Great Plains, never to hear a child s laugh or a woman s song inside their walls How to explain nine million acres of farmland without a master America was pass

  2. Stephen Stephen says:

    A good booka thorough historybut dry as a throat full of sawdust in the middle of the desert That about sums it up, but of course I will continue to babble on for a fewparagraphs Before reading this book, I knew next to nothing about the Dust Bowl and the cataclysmic storms that occurred in the 1930 s, primarily in the area of the U.S known as the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma see map If you re like me in this respect, than this book is a very worthwhile read, assumi

  3. Lori Lori says:

    BIG RABBIT DRIVE SUNDAY BRING CLUBS Don t judge, the rabbits were a menace to their livelihood These folks were plagued by jackrabbits, grasshoppers and endless dust Clubbing some rabbits at felt like they were fighting back while they lost everything It is hard to say which is worse the steady constant destruction ever present dust from four drought waves in ten years, or theintense black blizzards which only lasted hours or days Nobody knew what to call it It was not a

  4. Jessaka Jessaka says:

    Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin down the plain Yeeow Aye yip aye yo ee ay written by Rogers and HammersteinMoving to Oklahoma You are going to look for a home in Oklahoma By the look on her face, and the tone in her voice, I knew that my friend was thinking of flat land, the dust bowl and tornadoes We were thinking of green hills, lakes, rivers, and freedom from tornadoes as had been promised of Tahlequah, OK After all, Tahlequah had been blessed by the Indians to n

  5. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    I read a fair amount of history and I usually enjoy it, but I don t think I ve ever read a history book that was quite the page turner this one was What I knew before about the 1930s drought in the American Dust Bowl was this there was an agriculture destroying drought in and around Texas and Oklahoma during the Great Depression that made the economic devastation there even worse What I learned here, through the personal stories of the people and towns affected, was that th

  6. Jeanette (Again) Jeanette (Again) says:

    ExhaustingSoberingDepressingInstructiveHaunting Interesting TimelyGrindingSurprisingPainfulImportantNow, what s up with the subtitle If it were really The Untold Story, wouldn t it just be a book full of blank pages Shouldn t it be The Previously Untold Story And why don t publishers ever ask me for my opinions on these things This calls for some serious pouting You should still read the book though Outstanding research and thorough presentation with lessons for us in our 21

  7. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    Of all the countries in the world, we Americans have been the greatest destroyers of land of any race of people barbaric or civilizedHugh Bennett, quoted in Timothy Egan, The Worst Hard Time A couple years ago I read Egan s book The Big Burn Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America read in 2015 Egan is fantastic at exploring disasters and the public policy response His talent is excavating these disasters using primary sources diaries, etc He, like John McPhee, has the

  8. Jason Jason says:

    When you read The Worst Hard Time please have copious amounts of cool water or lemonade at your side This true, brutal story of the Dust Bowl will have you reaching for and appreciating water like no other story you ve ever read In fact, like me, you may even stand in the next rain shower looking skyward, face slathered in wetness, bending your mind to understand the environmental apocalypse that struck our heartland 3 generations ago.Timothy Egan s book is an example of why I

  9. Diana Higgins Diana Higgins says:

    I have about a week to read this for book club and I ve got a lot of books in progress that I hate to set aside, so we ll see how this goesUPDATE I gave up I must be the only person on the planet who didn t like this book I found the writing to be overblown, over the top, even silly at times The way it was organized didn t work for me He d introduce a person or family and I d start to get interested, and then he d abandon them and go back to large, sweeping passages about the l

  10. Maggie Maggie says:

    This should be required reading for anyone living in the west and for all politicians The author does a fine job of telling the story of the Dust Bowl era, why it happened natural forces and human actions , and where we stand today It s clear to see that adding climate change to the mix requires us to develop stronger conservation policies practices if we want to avoid such a catastrophe happening again With the population we have in this area now, I can t imagine the suffering

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