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Very good historical read

User Review  - jo98502 -

I really enjoyed this book. I did not know much about the period of the Dust Bowl going into this book. However, being from the panhandle of Texas I was immediately interested as it referenced many ... Read full review

A very important book

User Review  - tjohn33791 - Borders

Mr. Egan does a very good job in humanizing the worst man made disaster in the country's history. The author takes you through the cause and effects, from cause to solution. An early example of the do ... Read full review

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Most depressing book I ever read.

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Hands down the most dry book i have ever been forced to read

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A very informative story about a major environmental disaster - a disaster whose prime causes were human. A disrespect of natural ecosystems and environmental limits, best summarized by the common phrase "rain follows the plow", combined with greed, speculation leading to a wheat price bubble, and a drought within normal climate variation turned a sublime grassland that once supported bison and Comanches alike into an American desert. Science, in the personification of John Wesley Powell, had warned against such unsustainable agriculture, but like climate science today, was ignored by development boosters and politicians alike. While the perseverance and hard work of the farmers profiled are admirable and hard to comprehend to modern minds, the denial of environmental facts seem all too familiar today. The New Deal responses of Roosevelt and Bennett were well-intentioned and partly successful, but in retrospect the use of tree shelter belts and agricultural subsidies were mistakes that morphed into sometimes counterproductive and problematic government programs. 

Great history

User Review  - kajee -

The price is less than the store's. It's a great history of the era. ... Read full review

Review: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

User Review  - Meoskop - Goodreads

Goes over the same ground again and again. Uses some of the same descriptors, both for events and people. Jumps around in time without driving narrative need. Information is interesting, much of it is fascinating, but the repetition detracts from it's power. Read full review


User Review  - rhiannong -

gave as gift, along with other items. this book was especially appreciated. Read full review

A good informative read!

User Review  - bookydave - Borders

I enjoyed this book, it shed light of a mostly forgotten period of history. You truly get a sense of the struggles these people endured. Read full review

Piece of History---

User Review  - billy929 -

Tells it like it was..Dark days in our history about very hardy and determined people. Read full review

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