The Worst Hard Time

The Worst Hard Time:  The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan is a fascinating history read.  Egan tells the tale of how people knew that growing wheat was a great way to earn money, causing many people to migrate to the plains in order to plow up the land for farming.  Once the Great Depression hit, a large majority of people packed-up and stopped farming, leaving dirt.  Thus the dust bowls began.  This is the story of the people who decided to stay in the High Plains and attempt to live even with the devastating destruction of the dust storms.  Filled with real life stories, facts, and pictures, making this an excellent non-fiction read.  If you are still craving more tales centered around dust bowls you can always read, or reread, the classic book The Grapes of Wrath by  John Steinbeck.

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