The Worst Hard Time
The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust BowlBook - 2006
In a tour de force of historical reportage, Timothy Egan's 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.
From Library Staff
2013 Read Across Lawrence selection. Intense and visually descriptive history of survival in the dirty '30s. Egan's book made me acutely aware of how careless we are, even now, with our soil.
In this layered account of the great dust bowl, incredible eyewitness accounts explore the convergence of failed agricultural practices, ill-fated government policies, and the costs of “get rich quick” schemes.