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The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Contributor(s): Egan, Timothy (Author)

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ISBN: 0618773479     ISBN-13: 9780618773473
Publisher: Mariner Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2006
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Annotation: 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 in the darkest years of the Depression.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- History | United States - State & Local - Midwest(ia,il,in,ks,mi,mn,mo,nd,ne,oh,sd,wi
- History | United States - 20th Century
- Nature | Natural Disasters
Dewey: 978.032
Age Level: 14-UP
Grade Level: 9-UP
Physical Information: 1" H x 5.4" W x 8.2" (0.65 lbs) 340 pages
Themes:
- Chronological Period - 1930's
- Cultural Region - Plains
 
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Publisher Description:
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.

Contributor Bio(s): Egan, Timothy: - TIMOTHY EGAN is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, a New York Times columnist, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in nonfiction. His previous books include The Worst Hard Time, which won a National Book Award, and the national bestseller The Big Burn. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
 
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