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The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
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Jul 08, 2009

really liked it
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Read in May, 2009

This really is can't-put-it-down history. Prior to reading this book, my knowledge of the Dust Bowl was limited to The Grapes of Wrath and a paragraph or two in a high school history textbook. Unlike The Grapes of Wrath, this book is focused on life for those people who didn't leave. It's a tragic chapter of American history conveyed through stories of several families interwoven with facts and observations such as the following: "The flattest, driest, most wind-raked, least arable part of the United States was transformed by government incentive, private showmanship, and human desire from the Great American Desert into Eden with a haircut." Very well done.
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message 1: by Peg (new)

Peg Thanks, Colleen. I *always* enjoy reading what you write! I will pass this review on to Jeff. He reads about 30 books to my one; very much enjoys endurance and survival accounts and history; and is often looking for a good reading lead. Thanks for including me on Goodreads!

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