This historical account of the people, places, and events surrounding the Dust Bowl was surprisingly easy to get into and hard to turn away from. It really gave me an appreciation for the hardships of the time -- and their origins. This is a book I nearly didn't pick up, but I'm glad I did.
Yes, the story of the people of No Man's Land needs to be remembered. This book recounts the experience of a variety of individuals who lived through the Dust Bowl. Their stories are heartbreaking, but their courage is inspiring.
I didn't care for the way FDR became the hero of the story. It seemed more of a statement about the auhor's political beliefs than a documentation of what truly happened.
The narrator should have done much more research for this performance. His accents are horrendous, and his pronunciation of geographic locations is abysmal. By the end I wanted to yell at him every time he mispronounced "Boysay" City. It's "Boys" city. "BOYS" CITY. I don't expect the average person to know what an Oklahoma accent sounds like, or to correctly pronounce the names of obscure towns in the Panhandle. But a book of this magnitude--one that takes such a searing look at an ecological and economic disaster and the desperation it caused the people who lived through it--deserves more attention to detail by the narrator than this received. It just seems disrespectful.
I think it's too long and sad to listen to all at once. It held my attention to the end, but I needed breaks to reflect on the subject matter.
Ken Burns documentary about the Dust Bowl is very good if you want to learn more about this topic.
I usually hate abridged books but for this book I recommend the abridged version. If you are a historian or student that might not be true but for casual reading it went on and on and on and on.
The story is excellent, I learned so much but it just went on with example after example year after year and with such complexity that I couldn't keep up with where I was or what year it was.
After I finished reading the book I discovered the mini-series by Ken Burns on Netflix. I believe they used the book or the same material as the book and presented it so well. Perhaps that was the better format for this kind of story. I hate to downrate a book just because I wasn't able to enjoy all the detail - but for me 3 stars is the best I can give.
Recommending this to a friend would have to be someone that wants to see history as a plain person looks at it.
The best portions were whne the people were sharing their own stories
Sounds like a documentary to replace counting sleep. There was no excitement to keep one's interest as dry as the dust bowl itself. Quit after a quarter of the way through and that was pushing it.
I do plan to listen to The Worst Hard Time again because there was so much to digest that I fear I may have missed something. And, I want to listen with access to a map for better reference points.
A memorable moment was the description of how people tried to insulate themselves from the dust. My father was a child in Oklahoma during this time period and described the exact same process--as a child myself, I could hardly envision it.
I found the scene of the family living in a dugout and dreadfully ill most compelling as well as the description of being caught out in a dust up.
The multiple and overwhelming desciptions of people finding a way to hang on no matter the cost was most moving.
I found this narrative to be compelling in its exactness and thought-provoking in regards to how actions driven by economic gain can bring us so quickly to the edge of destruction -- and for many, they certainly were pushed over the edge ie the number of farms lost, land destoyed and lives forever changed.
Not usually a fan of non-fiction but this was great! Got it on a bargain buy and am glad I did!
Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
A good explanation and story of the era of the ecological disaster of the Great Dust Bowl of the 1930s and its impact upon the nation. Egan includes the Great Depression and the politics surrounding the financial crash, the Volstead Act, and the culture of the time.
This book brings the era achingly to life. Those of us who were the children of the people who lived through the Depression recognize the names, places, and people involved. An excellent book for entertainment as well as edification.
Yes, and I have. Everyone should know this story.
This is a story about hope, determination, stubbornness, greed, ignorance, and true grit.
I found the reader to be average to above average.
Yes. Mostly shock and amazement. I was alternately horrified and intrigued with the intimate view of the dust bowl life. What doesn't kill you makes to stronger.
A beautiful window in to this amazing time in American history.
It is pretty high on my list.
The rabbits -- it put images in my head that have stuck
Unknown facts of the dirty Thirties.
I purchased this on sale. It was well worth the $3.95 I paid for it. I thought the narration was good, and although depressing, the history was well written, and the book flowed well. I suggest reading it.