The Worst Hard Time

The Worst Hard Time

The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

By Timothy Egan

Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780618773473, 340pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2006

Description

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.



About the Author
TIMOTHY EGANis a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, aNew York Timescolumnist, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in nonfiction, and the author of seven books, most recentlyShort Nights of the Shadow Catcher.His previous books includeThe Worst Hard Time, which won a National Book Award, and the national bestsellerThe Big Burn.He lives in Seattle, Washington.