The Dust Bowl: An Illustrated History

The Dust Bowl An Illustrated History In this riveting chronicle which accompanies a documentary to be broadcast on PBS in the fall Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns capture the profound drama of the American Dust Bowl of the s Terrifying

  • Title: The Dust Bowl: An Illustrated History
  • Author: Ken Burns Dayton Duncan
  • ISBN: 9781452107943
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this riveting chronicle, which accompanies a documentary to be broadcast on PBS in the fall, Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns capture the profound drama of the American Dust Bowl of the 1930s Terrifying photographs of mile high dust storms, along with firsthand accounts by than two dozen eyewitnesses, bring to life this heart wrenching catastrophe, when a combination oIn this riveting chronicle, which accompanies a documentary to be broadcast on PBS in the fall, Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns capture the profound drama of the American Dust Bowl of the 1930s Terrifying photographs of mile high dust storms, along with firsthand accounts by than two dozen eyewitnesses, bring to life this heart wrenching catastrophe, when a combination of drought, wind, and poor farming practices turned millions of acres of the Great Plains into a wasteland, killing crops and livestock, threatening the lives of small children, burying homesteaders hopes under huge dunes of dirt Burns and Duncan collected than 300 mesmerizing photographs, some never before published, scoured private letters, government reports, and newspaper articles, and conducted in depth interviews to produce a document that may likely be the last recorded testimony of the generation who lived through this defining decade.

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    1. “We ate so poorly that the hobos wouldn’t come to our house.” “There is a strange new population of 250,000 in California, and this number grows at the appalling rate of something like 100 a day.”Two years ago, almost the same time of year, I read Timothy Egan’s “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dustbowl.” Timothy Egan, in fact, is quoted frequently throughout the pages, real or electronic, of Ken Burns “The Dust Bowl.” That book [...]

    2. This is a great book on a fascinating, yet tragic time in American history!Telling the story of the agricultural catastrophe known as the Dust Bowl in photographs and witness reports, it speaks directly to the reader, showing the various stages and facets of the worst man-made disaster the country had ever experienced up to date. It clarifies the reasons for the dust storms: how they developed, why they spread, and became worse with the years, and what were the consequences, both economic and so [...]

    3. ILLUMINATING AND ENLIGHTENING.“Let me tell you how it was. I don’t care who describes it to you, nobody can tell it any worse than what it was. And no one exaggerates; there is no way for it to be exaggerated. It was that bad.” —Don Wells Cimarron County, Oklahoma (Kindle Locations 137-139)How do you critique a book that reads exactly like the soundtrack of a Ken Burns documentary sounds? This companion book to the PBS documentary of the same name: The Dust Bowl, An Illustrated History, [...]

    4. I'm sort of an amateur historian when it comes to disasters in America in the 1900s, be it man-made or natural. I originally started down this path after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005 with the intention of trying to figure out when and why Americans moved from a self-sufficient, get-going-again attitude to a sit-back and wait for a government handout when it came to these disasters. (I think this would be an outstanding topic for a doctoral thesis.)At any rate, the Dust Bowl, more [...]

    5. This book really brought life to those who endured the dust bowl era. It personalized the experience. I have a new found respect for the Great Plains, the people who live there, and the fragility of our eco-system. I enjoyed the style the book was written in, and the illustrastions were fantastic. I recommend this to anyone interested in learning about an important piece of US history.

    6. I recorded on DVR the multi-evening documentary, and watched several of them, but saw this book in the library and decided to read it alongside. I thought the book did just as wonderful of a job as the documentary in describing personal stories of this economic/climatic/social disaster.Pictures were beautiful, in a haunting, ugly-story telling way.My grandma, her family were farmers, didn't have such horrifyingly destitute stories of this time - but she traveled to California for a few years to [...]

    7. This is an excellent companion book to the Ken Burns PBS series. It’s the simultaneous story of the extreme hardship in the 1930’s with the story of man’s consuming of resources which caused the extreme hardship. A sentence from one of the admirable people in the book, Caroline Henderson, tells it all when she talks about the consumption of water in the Ogallala aquifer which started at the end of the Dust Bowl: “Here again we come up against the hard fact that every material resource co [...]

    8. I thought I knew a little about the Dust Bowl, but I learned so much more than I could have imagined by reading this book. The pictures are amazing yet it's still so hard to wrap my brain around such a time ever existing. It's a very humbling thing to read something like this and see the pictures that capture the raw emotion of those that lived through it, that makes you really look at your life and everything you have and appreciate it that much more.

    9. The best book I've read on the disaster—and the recovery. Clearly written, with relatable personalities and stunning photography, this book, which vividly describes a chapter in history that is quickly being forgotten, should be required reading for all Americans.

    10. Although I didn't see the Ken Burns film by the same name, I found the book to be a powerful representation of this period in history. Both the eyewitness accounts and the dramatic photos made the devastation of the Dust Bowl come alive.

    11. I remember the stories my mom and dad would share when the clouds of darkness came rumbling across the plains. Mom grew up in Davis, Ok and dad was in Fredrick, Ok. This story conveys everything this told me. “It didn’t matter what you did or how hard you tried, the dust come pouring in everywhere.” Nadena DawsonCould this disaster have been prevented? The obvious answer today is yes. No one knew about crop rotation back then. They planted and planted and kept on planting. Wheat had taken [...]

    12. A ecological man made disaster that affected people in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas and New Mexico. Due to overuse, the soil would no longer hold to grow items. Droughts lasted for years, and dust storms would be 60 miles per hour and put dust 10,000 feet into the air. Sensing hope in California, there was a mass exodus to seek out work and homes. But, hope was eluding for them. A very informative book with detailing pictures.

    13. This is one of the most informative book I have read on the Dust Bowl. I had no idea the extent of pain and suffering these people went through. Our school's history book had about 2 paragraphs covering 10 years. What a shame!

    14. My father and his family immigrated to California from Missouri during this era and it was really wonderful to learn more about what was happening during this era. Well researched and written.

    15. "Amazing" doesn't even begin to describe this book, and five stars aren't nearly enough.The Dust Bowl years come alive here. The strength & resolve of these people was incredible, even as the dust bowl truly was a man-made disaster. In fact, that steely resolve helped perpetrate the crisis: when crops failed, they simply dug up more land and planted more crops. They were fighting for their children's future, and so many families stayed on the land and battled the dust and the poverty even as [...]

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    17. A very good treatment of the issues of the Dust Bowl - why it occurred, its immediate and long-term effects, and reactions from locals and Washington alike. They do a nice job of putting the Dust Bowl into a greater historical context and showing its true impact. Burns and Duncan definitely make the case that the Dust Bowl is likely equal in importance to the Depression itself in terms of the economic conditions of the 1930s, particularly domestically. The pictures are all period, so there's no [...]

    18. Another nice job by Burns. Truthfully, this is the first BOOK I've read by Ken Burns, I've mainly seen his videos, including the Dust Bowl, WW II, and The Civil War. Great stories, much detail, and a good vision, you get an overview of how this happened, what people went through, how the government helped, in print I find the stories more dispassionate though, there seems to be a distance, the distant observer. It is a method likely not noticeable on a film, there is so much more to distract you [...]

    19. This is an excellent and highly readable history with first person accounts of this unbelievable chapter of American history. I picked this book up because I teach many novels set during the Great Depression and realized I had little knowledge of the Dust Bowl. It is hard to believe that anyone was able to persevere through the hardships caused by humans and nature that lasted for a decade, and frightening to consider the lessons learned during this time are not being taken in account today.

    20. I think this may be the first coffee table book I actually read. I missed the first half of the Ken Burns film so my husband bought me the book. It is beautifully illustrated and well written. It gives a nice, readable history of the Dust Bowl era and area. It is a cautionary tale that ends with a warning. It's not if it will happen again, just when. As former wheat farmer turned science teacher Wayne Lewis said "History is of value only if you learn from it."

    21. This is a fascinating, heartbreaking book about America's worst man made catastrophe, and how we seem on course to repeat it. I did not see the series on PBS but the memories of those who lived through it are completely engrossing. It really makes you realize the "hardships" that most people claim to experience today, PALE in comparison to what people had to endure during the great depression, the dust bowl, and WWII. I highly recommend this book.

    22. The history of the dust bowl is both fascinating and terrifying. But most frightening is that history could repeat itself as the Ogallala Aquifier depletes the water it mines. This book does an excellent job of giving us the ultimate message of the possibility of another dust bowl as "The Great Plains are perhaps the most vulnerable part of the United States in an age of global warming." A must read for anyone interested in history and conservation. Which should include all of us.

    23. An excellent companion to the Ken Burns documentary. My only quibble is that it wasn't always clear about dates. "In March came the worst storm ever . . ." -- but what year exactly? I'd have to trace back and make a guess. It was mostly chronological, but there was some overlapping that proved a little confusing. Now I need to read THE WORST HARD TIME.

    24. Superb book. Tells the story of this agricultural disaster from start to finish and goes to point out how easily it could happen again - a climate change warning if ever there was one.Told through the eyes of those who lived through this devastating decade and illustrated with superbly atmospheric photographs, this book is a fitting memorial to the events on the plains.

    25. Although this is a non giction history book, it manages to really pull you into the story of one of the biggest man made natural disasters. The narrative use of multiple personal stories and viewpoints is carried out splendidly. The pictures of course add a lot Didn't realise this book accompanied a film - will definitely look it up .

    26. I just read The Worst Hard Times and have not yet seen the documentary, so the photos and descriptions from The Dust Bowl (which draws heavily upon The Worst Hard Times) was a good companion book. Seeing the photos of the faces of people described in the texts adds another dimension. The struggles they went through to just survive if brought to life by the photos.

    27. An excellent illustrated history of the Dust Bowl. I couldn't put this book down. The people who lived this and survived this are indeed the backbone of mankind. When you read this book please take the time to review the Acknowledgements, then keep going and read AFTER THE DUST BOWL (a glimpse of life of those who told the story). I read this on my nook, bought thru Google play books.

    28. Wow. It's one thing to READ about (aka "the Worst Hard Time"-good book) the hardships people endured during the worst man-made disaster ever-it's another thing entirely to also have an illustrated view of it! Incredible, hard-breaking and really unbelievable what people can live through and survive. If you have any interest in the Dust Bowl GET THIS BOOK!

    29. The Dust BowlThis is the first time that I've read anything about the dust bowl. I was fascinated at the strength the people had in enduring the hardships for so many years. I was also pleased that Roosevelt really helped the farmers of the Plains. This was a good historical book. I might have to read "The grapes of wrath" again.

    30. Thanks to Ken Burns for showing us the real history that schools did not teach us. I have always enjoyed Ken Burns books and movies because they are always straight to the heart stories from the people that lived and survived through the experiences he writes about. This is a tremendous book and it gives the first hand accounts of one of the worst man made tragedies in our history,.

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