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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  - 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  - 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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User Review  - dulcinea14 - LibraryThing

This was so close to 4 stars for me. However, the first part of the book suffered from what I felt was an "organization" problem. Egan jumped around from person to historic comment to person so much ... Read full review

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User Review  - sammii507 - LibraryThing

I, of course, knew about the Dust Bowl from my knowledge of US history and my love of John Steinbeck. What I didn't know was that it was a manmade disaster. Fascinating book. Read full review

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User Review  - MrsLee - LibraryThing

An expose of the dust storms in the 1930's America, written from interviews of the survivors. That is what caught my eye on this book. If the author interviewed survivors though, he rewrote their ... 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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User Review  - librarymary09 - LibraryThing

Wow. This is an amazing book, bringing the history of the Great Plains in the 1930s to life. I had no idea how bad things were. Read full review


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