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1924. From the master of the western comes a novel full of romance and adventure. The novel begins: Late in June the vast northwestern desert of wheat began to take on a tinge of gold, lending an austere beauty to that endless, rolling, smooth world of treeless hills, where miles of fallow ground and miles of waving grain sloped up to the far-separated homes of the heroic ...more
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Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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If someone asked I would say this book is just OK. The story takes place in Washington state. A group of wheat farmers are facing drought and a nasty workers union called the IWW. Plus it is set during World War 1. Many families are sending their boys off to war. I grew up in farm country. The wheat was a character. Parts of this made me homesick. There are beautiful descriptions of the sound a wheat field makes when the wind blows through it. If you have seen a wheat field on a summer day, then ...more
Tommy Jacobs
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must fulfill my Jacobs' genes and read Zane Grey!
George Clary
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

A good takeoff love growing wheat and living with day to day labor. Learning for better growth and being human.that faith helps
Milt Jacobs
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book ever. I like anything by Zane. This book makes me very nostalgic.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tho in pocket book form, this is an old book. Can you imagine a wheat combine being pulled by 32 horses ? That must have been an awesome sight. It's a great story of a young man growing up on a large wheat farm in the northwest, near Oregon; fighting roughneck union-types in an effort to save his crop, only to lose it anyway; his time fighting in the trenches in Europe and his return to pick up his life again. Mr. Grey does pages of just description in his books and I must admit to skipping quit ...more
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a German in America and Canada during World War 1? If you have then The Desert Of Wheat is a good book to read. It is about a young man, Kurt Dorn, and his experiences in his fight for his land, wheat, family, and country. The book takes place in the Columbia basin in northwestern United States and British Columbia, Canada. Kurt's father is a true German and won't realize that the I.W.W. is against them and not with them. The I.W.W. is a group ...more
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I might revise my rating and bump this book up to 3 stars...I'll have to sit on the thought for a while. This book was extremely anti-German and packed full of propoganda. If you ever wondered about Zane Grey's political opinions than this book will make them clear. It takes place during WW1. He tackles the war, liberty bonds, labor unions...more specifically the IWW (look it up), capitolism, socialism, foreign encroachments, the Constitution, vigilantism, PTSD, women vs. men, love, family, hard ...more
The son of a German Farmer in Washinton state during WWI, decides to join the Army to fight the Germans and "kill" the German part of his heritage. Along the way, he falls in love with the daughter of a rich farmer, and then has to protect her and himself from a worldwide labor organization that is reaking havoc all over the country to cause problems with the war effort.

I am so glad that this wasn't the first Zane Grey book I ever read, as it was not that great. There were sweet and exciting par
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I have read in a while. Granted many of my recent books have been fluff, entertainment only books. This book details the struggle of a young wheat farmer at the beginning on WWI. He is of German heritage and struggles with that as well as Labor Unions and the love he feels for the rich farmer's daughter. The author does a great job of detailing the surrounding and the feelings of both the young farmer and the rich farmer's daughter. This story touched me on many lev ...more
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
good camping reading.... read it while in eastern Washington which gave me some perspective as far as climate, etc. was concerned. Interesting take on the labor unrest caused by the IWW prior to WWI.
Lisa McLario
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, nostalgic read.

I enjoyed the glimpse into the mindset and motivations of the people of that time. The history of America's wheat farming and it's connection to the war effort during WWI is a great parallel for telling the story. Inspiring and patriotic!
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I felt like this book fit well with the Mary Roberts Rinehart books I'd read in the week or two earlier. It is a different perspective on the war and the war time issues. This focuses on the western state experiences instead of the east coast.
Sep 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westerns
The story is very dated.
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This work of Zane Grey's is even better than usual.
James Spears
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It was very moving and it helped me understand the mindset of the generation before and after World War I.
Dennis Hart
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My grandfather was a machine gunner in this fight.
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a better book than most people realize. Give it a chance and you will love it. Mark Reps, author, ZEB Hanks:small Town Sheriff; Big Time Trouble series
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting, if very melodramatic, take on World War I. And a lot of discussion of wheat. So much wheat. Obviously written for folks with a huge love of wheat.
Phillip Cushman
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very much enjoyed this book from a later time than most of Zane Grey's work.
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Pearl Zane Grey was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that presented an idealized image of the rugged Old West. As of June 2007, the Internet Movie Database credits Grey with 110 films, one TV episode, and a series, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater based loosely on his novels and short stories.
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