The Worst Hard Time - Timothy Egan

The Worst Hard Time

By Timothy Egan

  • Release Date: 2006-09-01
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4
From 59 Ratings


In a tour de force of historical reportage, Timothy Egan’s National Book Award–winning story rescues an iconic chapter of American history from the shadows.

The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Timothy Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Brilliantly capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe, he does equal justice to the human characters who become his heroes, “the stoic, long-suffering men and women whose lives he opens up with urgency and respect” (New York Times). In an era that promises ever-greater natural disasters, The Worst Hard Time is “arguably the best nonfiction book yet” (Austin Statesman Journal) on the greatest environmental disaster ever to be visited upon our land and a powerful reminder about the dangers of trifling with nature.


  • The Worst Hard Times

    By cec37**
    The story of the very poor decisions of the men in power at the time that created the dust bowl. For those that "lived it" it was indeed The Worst Hard Time. I highly recommend this book.
  • Excellent

    By Meatball 2
    I bought this on on iBooks, and then purchased it again in hardback to loan to others to read. I never thought about the dust bowl being interesting, but the author did a remarkable job of bringing everything to life, including The Great Depression and everyday grim struggles of that time.
  • The worst hard times

    By Dirt storms
    Very depressing Same thing over and over