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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (14,892 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Timothy Egan, Patrick Lawlor Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tena | 2/8/2014

    " I liked this book. Well written and full of interesting facts I didn't know about our history. My mom was born in the panhandle and I'd heard about the dust storms and that made it more personal for me. It's just hard to believe we created the mess in the first place due man's greedy nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chancy | 2/2/2014

    " This book starts off slow but picks up pace as it goes along. It's a haunting reminder of the fact that we can't be certain what effect our actions today will have on the future, so it would do us good to take the hubris down a notch or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Betty | 1/30/2014

    " The book mirrors Burn's Dust Bowl which features the author and follows several families who experienced living through this time in history when the last homesteaders tried to farm this area in the panhandle of OK, southern CO, and parts of TX and KS. I admit while I had known about the Dust Bowl, I had not realized the extent of the black storms caused by the cultivation of the land and supported by our government. My book club also read Grapes of Wrath as a companion book. Both are well worth the time and effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Angela | 1/27/2014

    " This book about the Dust Bowl in the 1930's was both amazing and horrific. It was so intriguing to learn more about this land and this time and it was so sad that much of the devastation was caused by man. A must read for anyone interested in American history! btw - I listened to this and really enjoyed the narrator. "

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