Review: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Worst Hard Time is a truly gripping story of Dust Bowl survivors that’s as tough to put down as the best novels, and its appeal is heightened by the fact that it’s all true. I was particularly interested in the portions of the book dealing with Dalhart, Texas, since I have family there; the desolation of the present-day town, the allure of the XIT ranch name, and the folly of those who tampered with nature are explained in a very moving way.

As an aside, this is a great book to read before watching Ken Burns’s “Dust Bowl,” since Burns interviewed some of the same survivors.

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