The Dust Bowl: An Illustrated History

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Chronicle Books, Oct 17, 2012 - History - 231 pages
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In this riveting chronicle, which accompanies a documentary to be broadcast on PBS in the fall, Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns capture the profound drama of the American Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Terrifying photographs of mile-high dust storms, along with firsthand accounts by more than two dozen eyewitnesses, bring to life this heart-wrenching catastrophe, when a combination of drought, wind, and poor farming practices turned millions of acres of the Great Plains into a wasteland, killing crops and livestock, threatening the lives of small children, burying homesteaders' hopes under huge dunes of dirt. Burns and Duncan collected more than 300 mesmerizing photographs, some never before published, scoured private letters, government reports, and newspaper articles, and conducted in-depth interviews to produce a document that may likely be the last recorded testimony of the generation who lived through this defining decade.
  

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User Review  - Eve - Goodreads

The best book I've read on the disaster—and the recovery. Clearly written, with relatable personalities and stunning photography, this book, which vividly describes a chapter in history that is quickly being forgotten, should be required reading for all Americans. Read full review

Review: The Dust Bowl: An Illustrated History

User Review  - Frank - Goodreads

Might be my okie background, but I thought this was a good read. I learned a lot and understood the plight of okie farmers Read full review

Contents

THE GREAT PLOW UP
23
Chapter
42
Chapter 3
65
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79
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Acknowledgments
218
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Dayton Duncan is an award-winning filmmaker and author of numerous bestsellers, including The National Parks: America's Best Idea. He lives in New Hampshire.

Ken Burns is an award-winning documentarian, whose previous projects include The Civil War and the Oscar-nominated Brooklyn Bridge. He lives in New Hampshire.

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