The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York - the revolutionary hero, back from the dead, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America.
The dust storms that terrorized America's 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 New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.
"A Fascinating History"
In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with The Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.
"A fascinating history of early Forest Service"
At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, Egan's book tells the remarkable untold story behind Edward Curtis's iconic photographs, following him throughout Indian country from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes. Even with the backing of Theodore Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan, it took tremendous perseverance. The undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate.
A fantastic book! Timothy Egan describes his journeys in the Pacific Northwest through visits to salmon fisheries, redwood forests and the manicured English gardens of Vancouver. Here is a blend of history, anthropology and politics.
In 1935, the Spokane police regularly extorted sex, food, and money from the reluctant hobos (many of them displaced farmers who had fled the midwestern dust bowls), robbed dairies, and engaged in all manner of nefarious crimes, including murder. This history was suppressed until 1989, when former logger, Vietnam vet, and Spokane cop Tony Bamonte discovered a strange 1955 deathbed confession while researching a thesis on local law enforcement history.
"Excellent! Highly Recommended."
When Brunella Cartolano visits her father on the family vineyard in the basin of the Cascade Mountains, she's shocked by the devastation caused by a four-year drought. Passionate about the Pacific Northwest ecology, Brunella, a cultural impact analyst, is embroiled in a battle to save the Seattle waterfront from redevelopment and to preserve a fisherman's livelihood. But when a tragedy among fire-jumpers results from a failure of the water supply - her brother Niccolo is among those lost - Brunella finds herself with another mission.
I’m going to follow the advice an old journalism hand gave me when I started out at City Hall: pay more attention to what a politician does than to what he says. In that sense, Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway was half-right when she urged people to largely ignore “what’s come out of his mouth.”
"The Trump and Pony Show" is from the January 13, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Timothy Egan and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.
For a soon-to-be nowhere man, he’s everywhere. Sensing “time’s winged chariot hurrying near,” as the poet had it, President Barack Obama is using every hour left in his presidency to ensure that Donald Trump will not erase it all.
"Erasing Obama" is from the January 06, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Timothy Egan and narrated by Paul Ryden.
"The Narcotic of Trump" is from the December 15, 2016 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Timothy Egan and narrated by Kristi Burns.
"A Final Plea to Trump’s America" is from the October 27, 2016 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Timothy Egan and narrated by Caroline Miller.
You just came out of a yearlong coma, and you’re trying to catch up. The unimaginable is real. The Cubs won the World Series. California has been drenched with so much rain that its biggest dam may fail.
"One-Month Report Card" is from the February 17, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Timothy Egan and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.
"Erasing Obama" is from the January 06, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Timothy Egan and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.
"Burning Down the House" is from the October 14, 2016 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Timothy Egan and narrated by Caroline Miller.
"Fat-Shamer in Chief" is from the September 30, 2016 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Timothy Egan and narrated by Corey M. Snow.