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User Review  - jerry-book - LibraryThing

I for one would not have wanted to live through Black Sunday. An engrossing read. Breathing must have been very difficult. I wonder how many eventually died of lung related disorders. Read full review

Oh...what a time!

User Review  - c1808 - Overstock.com

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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User Review  - klburnside - LibraryThing

This book was a very good account of the Dust Bowl, and the families that chose to stay in the region during that time. The book was well researched and very readable. I don't think I really had any ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mrsbaty - LibraryThing

My family lived this story so I may be a little bit prejudiced toward it. This is a history of people who lived through the Dust Bowl and my family, grandparents and mom, did just that. My mother owns ... Read full review

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User Review  - kvrfan - LibraryThing

The Dust Bowl was both a great ecological and a great human disaster and Tim Egan presents each narrative well. Human action--the quest for short-term profit--proved once again to lead to self-destruction. The lesson, alas, is one that has yet to be learned. Read full review

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User Review  - foof2you - LibraryThing

A look at the history of The Great Plains and the Dust Bowl of the 1930's. Compelling read at the struggles faced by the people who lived through this period. Read full review

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User Review  - bezoar44 - LibraryThing

Timothy Egan writes fast-paced narrative history. This book presents the horror of the Dust Bowl by tracing the experiences of several people who lived at least partway through it. Egan presents the ... 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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