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The New York Times journalist Timothy Egan comes with another book about one of the worst environmental disasters to hit this country, titled “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl”. The book details the consequence of poor farming practices in the High Plain during the drought of the 1930′s.
In the book, the author starts off with the event leading to the dust bowl and continues with the particular life of many victims through the eight-year drought that created the Dust Bowl. Timothy Egan skillfully details the struggle to survive from the dust storms in Western Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado and effort to overcome the disaster. Through their desperate attempts to fight against the dust as well as the consequence of it including crop failure and the numerous deaths, the author emphasizes the courage and tireless effort of human in common and American in particular.
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.
©2006 Timothy Egan; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.