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  • The Worst Hard Time The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
  • Timothy Egan
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  • 25 February 2018
  • 9780618773473

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review The Worst Hard Time The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ç Timothy Egan free read The Worst Hard Time The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl E opens up with urgency and respect” New York TimesIn 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 natur. When you read The Worst Hard Time please have copious amounts of cool water or lemonade at your side This true brutal story of the Dust Bowl will have you reaching for and appreciating water like no other story you ve ever read In fact like me you may even stand in the next rain shower looking skyward face slathered in wetness bending your mind to understand the environmental apocalypse that struck our heartland 3 generations agoTimothy Egan s book is an example of why I like non fiction especially topics about which I ve previously been unlearned If there was a test of knowledge about the Dust Bowl I feel Egan has taken me from a score of 10 to around 70 After 70 the score toward 100 rises geometrically so don t expect The Worst Hard Time one book to make you an expert However Egan provides a range of issues agronomy policy culture trade allowing you to hold your end of a discussion at a cocktail partyEgan s tone is a bit melodramatic but holy cow how better to connect with a readership than recounting the Dust Bowl experience through the lives of several different families at the epicenter of the disaster To witness the downward spiral the depravity of the human condition it really underscores the human toll from 1932 1938 Had this occured in a sparsely populated area or a third world country it may have been a footnote in a government report Instead the American hegira to Dust Bowl country was promoted by the government sustained by commodities speculation facilitated by the ingress of the railroad and magnified by the hubris of the early plains farmerFrom a notes section you know Egan has done his homework He s interviewed witnesses combed through Congressional testimony poured over weather data pictures and diaries and from this pile has laced together several family portraits of daily life on the plains There s nothing spectacular about the writing but he s nicely captured the gravitas through character narrationHere are major points I ve learned Dust Bowl boundaries were much smaller than I thought I assumed you could overlay the boundaries onto the Great Plains or tornado alley or most parts of the Louisiana Purchase No The Dust Bowl was the shape of a lightbulb scribed over the panhandle of TexasOklahoma outstate Kansas SE Colorado and south central Nebraska although it s effects were felt throughout the plains and in several instances as far as the east coast The primary academically accepted Congressionally reported cause of the Dust bowl was the plowing under of native drought resistant grasses which had accumulated a mere 3 inches of topsoil over several thousand years for the wide scale planting of primarily wheat Secondary reasons were a strong drought cycle absense of high plains growing techniues cheap land the arrival of mechanized farming practices political pressure to homestead these areas unsustainable food commodities speculation and an ingrown belief in American manifest destiny Mistaken public policies have been largely responsible for the situation p 267 Growth of farming within the Dust Bowl boundaries is eerily similar to the real estate bubble 80 years later In the late 1920 s land was cheap ualifying for loans was easy even easier for farm properties and towns sprang up as uickly and as absurdly as today s McMansions in USA s exurbias The concomitant Great Depression destroyed worldwide grain prices but the Dust Bowlers didn t seem to suffer any worse than average Americans in other parts of the country or at least that s not how Egan portrayed the circumstances Astonishingly folks in the heart of the Dust Bowl did not move of the 221000 people who would move to California most of them from AR OK and TXonly 16000 came from the actual Dust Bowl p 235 These people simply hunkered down and rode it out for 5 years Amazing Why The word duster Lost to my generation it described a windstorm that picked up dirt the consistency of talcum powder and lashed it at near hurricane strength at everything in range The most impressive pictures are those of solid walls of roiled earth barreling down on puny crossroad towns In 1937 the high dirt mark 134 dusters wracked the Southern Plains Some of these lasted for days Black Sunday 14 Apr 35 was the absolute worst a Biblical duster of moving earth responsible for most of the storm pictures you re probably aware of from that timeI award 3 stars for a solid book but nothing spectacular besides the topic I d have awarded another star if Egan devoted a chapter solely to the science of what happened Would recommend this book to anyone who s ignorant of what happened in No Man s Land in the 1930s


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