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

Front Cover
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 1, 2006 - History - 352 pages
111 Reviews

In a tour de force of historical reportage, Timothy Egan’s National Book Award–winning story rescues an iconic chapter of American history from the shadows.

The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Timothy Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Brilliantly capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe, he does equal justice to the human characters who become his heroes, “the stoic, long-suffering men and women whose lives he opens up with urgency and respect” (New York Times). In an era that promises ever-greater natural disasters, The Worst Hard Time is “arguably the best nonfiction book yet” (Austin Statesman Journal) on the greatest environmental disaster ever to be visited upon our land and a powerful reminder about the dangers of trifling with nature.

This e-book includes a sample chapter of THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
53
4 stars
37
3 stars
13
2 stars
3
1 star
5

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

LibraryThing Review

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

All 5 reviews »

Contents

Introduction
1
Part I
11
Part II
89
Part III
143
Epilogue
309
Back Matter
313
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2006)

TIMOTHY EGAN is a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter, a New York Times columnist, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in nonfictionHis previous books include The Worst Hard Time, which won a National Book Award, and the national bestseller The Big Burn. He lives in Seattle, Washington. 

Bibliographic information