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

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

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By (author) Timothy Egan, Narrator Patrick Lawlor

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 165mm x 28mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400102200
  • ISBN 13: 9781400102204
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,171,906

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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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Timothy Egan is a national enterprise reporter for the "New York Times." He is the author of four books and the recipient of several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Seattle. An "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist, Patrick Lawlor is also an accomplished stage actor.

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"A vivid and gritty piece of forgotten history." ---USA Today