Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust BowlThe Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It took me awhile to read this book because the depth of research by Timothy Egan is so engrossing it was not easy to take in large doses. How little I knew about the Dust Bowl, only having read John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. Egan, however, has written the most complete history of the 1930s in the area affected by mammoth black dust storms.

Egan relates the stories, the trials, and the failures of people trying to overcome the unbelievable dust storms. For many Americans, this history will be new, as most of the attention during these years was on the banks' failures and the emergence of a world war. It is a shame that this history of desperate Americans has just recently become more widely known.


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