dust storms that terrorized America’s high plains in the darkest years
of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the
stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer
Prize–winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan
follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and
fall of the region, going from sod huts to new framed houses to
huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile
effort to keep the dust out. He follows their desperate attempts to
carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the death
of loved ones. Drawing on the voices of those who stayed and
survived—those who, now in their eighties and nineties, will soon carry
their memories to the grave—Egan tells a story of endurance and heroism
against the backdrop of the Great Depression.
Egan captures the very voice of the time—its grit, pathos, and abiding
heroism—as only great history can. Combining the human drama of Isaac’s Storm with the sweep of The American People in the Great Depression, The Worst Hard Time is a lasting and important work of American history. Download and start listening now!