The Worst Hard Time (Unabridged)
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The dust storms that terrorized Americas 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 INew York Timesi 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.P

Egan captures the very voice of the time, its grit, pathos, and abiding heroism, as only great history can. Combining the human drama of IIsaacs Stormi with the sweep of iThe American People in the Great Depressioni, IThe Worst Hard Timei is a lasting and important work of American history.

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