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The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl Paperback – September 1, 2006
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Whenever I'd tease them about their ways, I'd get a stern look in return and a lecture about living through the Depression in the Dust Bowl. They'd tell me time and again how lucky I was not to have gone through it, and each time my child self would shrug as if to say, "Whatever."
I didn't really "get" the Dust Bowl or the Depression until I read this book. We're all lucky not to have gone through what these folks did. Imagine having to decide which of your children will get to eat dinner. Imagine being forced to slaughter your starving farm animals because there is absolutely nothing left to feed them. Imagine watching your brothers and sisters slowly choke to death on dust.Read more ›
"The Worst Hard Time" traces the horrific consequences of poor farming practices in the Central Plain States during the drought of the 1930's. It is not a dry book about soil samples and weather charts but a living account of the human cost in fighting against tarantulas & seas of grasshoppers eating every plant in their path while struggling against the "duster" storms that blot out the sun. The reader can think of the Dust Bowl storms as the hurricanes of the Plain States. Illustrated with photographs of the poverty of that era, the reader will be shock and angry at the suffering of those farmers who attempted to ride out those storms.
When I heard an interview with the author on PBS radio I knew I had been deeply touched by my family heritage. I confess I am a child of the depression and of the dust bowl era.
For me this was a hard book to read but impossible to put down. The stories of the real people and events were at times so imbedded in my heart before I read them that I sometimes had to take time to catch my breath and wash the blow dirt out of my eyes and hair before I could read more.
Timothy Egan did his interviews and research on this historical event very well, and has artfully woven them into a true story of heroism, stubborn persistance, ignorance and individual, governmental and societal greed and incompetence. The combination destroyed the great grasslands of North America and the dreams of millions of families and left a scar on the them both. He has also told the story of those on the farms and in government who asked the questions. "What went wrong?", "Can it be fixed?", and "How do we heal a two-fold disaster?" His window into the government and all levels of politics of the period will inform the reader concerned about government and politics of today.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this will put dust in your nose and sand in your eyes. a good read.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was a very good read. It did get a little slow in the middle with all the storms, but brought a new understanding on just how hard times where when this was going on. Read morePublished 6 days ago by DC
Really showed the human misery during the Dust Bowl. I wish there had been more emphasis on the fact that we are avoiding another Dust Bowl only by emptying the underground... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was drawn in by the personal stories of the people who struggled through the dust bowl, the science of why it happened, and the political and economic responses to the disaster. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
got a little dragged out one time will go back and finish readingPublished 11 days ago by Kathleen Kirby
I think I learned a lot about the history of the dirty thirties by reading this book. What strong people lived on the plains. Hard to imagine all they went thru!Published 11 days ago by Kdsmith7