9780618773473

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

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  • ISBN13:

    9780618773473

  • ISBN10:

    0618773479

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-09-01
  • Publisher: Houghton Miff

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Summary

The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Timothy Egan's critically acclaimed account rescues this iconic chapter of American history from the shadows in a tour de force of historical reportage. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, 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, Egan 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 cautionary tale about the dangers of trifling with nature.

Author Biography

TIMOTHY EGAN is a national enterprise reporter for the New York Times. He is the author of five books and the recipient of several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Live Through This 1(12)
I PROMISE: The Great Plowup, 1901-1930
1. The Wanderer
13(19)
2. No Man's Land
32(20)
3. Creating Dalhart
52(7)
4. High Plains Deutsch
59(14)
5. Last of the Great Plowup
73(18)
II BETRAYAL, 1931-1933
6. First Wave
91(12)
7. A Darkening
103(12)
8. Ina Dry Land
115(13)
9. New Leader, New Deal
128(8)
10. Big Blows
136(9)
III BLOWUP, 1934-1939
11. Triage
145(10)
12. The Long Darkness
155(16)
13. The Struggle for Air
171(5)
14. Showdown in Dalhart
176(17)
15. Duster's Eve
193(5)
16. Black Sunday
198(24)
17. A Call to Arms
222(14)
18. Goings
236(6)
19. Witnesses
242(12)
20. The Saddest Land
254(11)
21. Verdict
265(8)
22. Cornhusker II
273(6)
23. The Last Men
279(14)
24. Cornhusker III
293(10)
25. Rain
303(6)
Epilogue 309(6)
Notes and Sources 315(13)
Acknowledgments 328(3)
Index 331

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