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Oh...what a time!

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My husband talked about this book a LOT both while he was reading it and afterward. Its an amazing chronicle of what happened during the dust bowl. Terrible times! Wellwritten book! 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. 

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