The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan

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  1. Chloe J. Says:

    The book begins by outlining the causes for the disaster that was the Dust Bowl. The area described was the last area in the US to be homesteaded. Egan describes settlement as “a dare.” In other words, the settlers were lured in and trapped in a land overcome with drought. With WWI’s inflated grain prices, towns sprung up. The idea that every man was a landlord was ubiquitous at the time. It implied a sense of optimism during a time of never ending droughts. The book paints vivid pictures of the people who suffered through this time.

    All throughout the book, it was clear that the author intends to evoke the hardships the people of the time endured. It gives a frank and accurate history to the events of this time. The book is by no account dull or uninteresting. Egan manages to weave in actual stories of people who lived through this difficult time. The photography incorporated also helps to bring life to the topic. Overall, the book gave me a new view on this part of American history–a part that is often overlooked given the depression that occurred in the rest of the country.

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    I highly recommend the following books:
    The Grapes of Wrath
    Angela’s Ashes
    The Good Earth

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