The Worst Hard Time Book
Score: 4
From 151 Ratings

The Worst Hard Time


  • Author : Timothy Egan
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2006-09-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547347776

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The Worst Hard Time Excerpt :

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. This e-book includes a sample chapter of THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN.

The Worst Hard Time Book

The Worst Hard Time


  • Author : Perfection Learning Corporation
  • Publisher : Turtleback
  • Release Date : 2020
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1663611858

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The Worst Hard Time Book
Score: 4
From 125 Ratings

The Worst Hard Time


  • Author : Timothy Egan
  • Publisher : Mariner Books
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN 10 : UVA:X004903627

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The Worst Hard Time Excerpt :

Presents an oral history of the dust storms that devastated the Great Plains during the Depression, following several families and their communities in their struggle to persevere despite the devastation.

The Good Rain Book
Score: 3.5
From 10 Ratings

The Good Rain


  • Author : Timothy Egan
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-05-18
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307794710

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The Good Rain Excerpt :

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.

Breaking Blue Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Breaking Blue


  • Author : Timothy Egan
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Release Date : 2011-11-16
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 267
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307800404

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Breaking Blue Excerpt :

“No one who enjoys mystery can fail to savor this study of a classic case of detection.” —TONY HILLERMAN On the night of September 14, 1935, George Conniff, a town marshal in Pend Oreille County in the state of Washington, was shot to death. A lawman had been killed, yet there seemed to be no uproar, no major investigation. No suspect was brought to trial. More than fifty years later, the sheriff of Pend Oreille County, Tony Bamonte, in pursuit of both justice and a master’s degree in history, dug into the files of the Conniff case—by then the oldest open murder case in the United States. Gradually, what started out as an intellectual exercise became an obsession, as Bamonte asked questions that unfolded layer upon layer of unsavory detail. In Timothy Egan’s vivid account, which reads like a thriller, we follow Bamonte as his investigation plunges him back in time to the Depression era of rampant black-market crime and police corruption. We see how the suppressed reports he uncovers and the ambiguous answers his questions evoke lead him to the murder weapon—missing for half a century—and then to the man, an ex-cop, he is convinced was the murderer. Bamonte himself—a logger’s son and a Vietnam veteran—had joined the Spokane police force in the late 1960s, a time when increasingly enlightened and educated police departments across the country were shaking off the “dirty cop” stigma. But as he got closer to actually solving the crime, questioning elderly retired members of the force, he found himself more and more isolated, shut out by tight-lipped hostility, and made dramatically aware of the fraternal sin he had committed—breaking the blue code. Breaking Blue is a gripping story of cop against cop. But it also describes a collision between two generations of lawmen and two very different moments in our nation’s history.

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher Book
Score: 4
From 28 Ratings

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher


  • Author : Timothy Egan
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 390
  • ISBN 10 : 9780618969029

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A narrative account of the pioneering photographer's life-risking effort to document a disappearing North American Indian nation offers insight into the danger and resolve behind his venture, his elevation to an impassioned advocate and the posthumous discovery of his considerable achievements. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Big Burn. 75,000 first printing.

Lasso the Wind Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Lasso the Wind


  • Author : Timothy Egan
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2009-09-23
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307557308

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Winner of the Mountains and Plains Book Seller's Association Award "Sprawling in scope. . . . Mr. Egan uses the past powerfully to explain and give dimension to the present." --The New York Times "Fine reportage . . . honed and polished until it reads more like literature than journalism." --Los Angeles Times "They have tried to tame it, shave it, fence it, cut it, dam it, drain it, nuke it, poison it, pave it, and subdivide it," writes Timothy Egan of the West; still, "this region's hold on the American character has never seemed stronger." In this colorful and revealing journey through the eleven states west of the 100th meridian, Egan, a third-generation westerner, evokes a lovely and troubled country where land is religion and the holy war between preservers and possessors never ends. Egan leads us on an unconventional, freewheeling tour: from America's oldest continuously inhabited community, the Ancoma Pueblo in New Mexico, to the high kitsch of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where London Bridge has been painstakingly rebuilt stone by stone; from the fragile beauty of Idaho's Bitterroot Range to the gross excess of Las Vegas, a city built as though in defiance of its arid environment. In a unique blend of travel writing, historical reflection, and passionate polemic, Egan has produced a moving study of the West: how it became what it is, and where it is going. "The writing is simply wonderful. From the opening paragraph, Egan seduces the reader. . . . Entertaining, thought provoking." --The Arizona Daily Star Weekly "A western breeziness and love of open spaces shines through Lasso the Wind. . . . The writing is simple and evocative." --The Economist

Curse of the Narrows Book
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

Curse of the Narrows


  • Author : Laura M. Mac Donald
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2009-05-26
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 370
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802718396

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Curse of the Narrows Excerpt :

In 1917, the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was crowded with ships leaving for war-torn Europe. On December 6th, two of them-the Mont Blanc and the Imo-collided in the Narrows, a hard-to-navigate stretch of the harbor. Ablaze, and with explosions on her deck filling the sky, the Mont Blanc grounded against the city's docks. As thousands rushed to their windows and into the streets to watch, she exploded with such force that the 3,121 tons of her iron hull vaporized in a cloud that shot up more than 2,000 feet; the explosion was so unusual that Robert Oppenheimer would study its effects to predict the devastation of an atomic bomb. The blast caused a giant wave that swept over parts of the city, followed by a slick, black rain that fell for ten minutes. Much of the city was flattened, and not one in 12,000 buildings within a 16-mile radius left undamaged. More than 1,600 Haligonians were killed and 6,000 injured; and within twenty-four hours, a blizzard had isolated Halifax from the world. Set vividly against the background of World War I, Curse of the Narrows is the first major account of the world's largest pre-atomic explosion, the epic relief mission from Boston, and the riveting trial of the Mont Blanc's captain and pilot. Laura M. Mac Donald is as adept at describing the dynamics of a chain reaction explosion as she is at chronicling unforgettable human dramas of miraculous survival, unfathomable loss, and the medical breakthroughs in pediatrics and eye surgery that followed the disaster . Using primary sources--many of which haven't been read in decades and--with a wonderful feel for narrative history, Mac Donald chronicles one of the most compelling and dramatic events of the 20th century.

The Big Burn Book
Score: 4
From 53 Ratings

The Big Burn


  • Author : Timothy Egan
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-19
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547416861

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The Big Burn Excerpt :

National Book Award–winner Timothy Egan turns his historian's eye to the largest-ever forest fire in America and offers an epic, cautionary tale for our time. On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno that jumped from treetop to ridge as it raged, destroying towns and timber in the blink of an eye. Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men to fight the fires, but no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them. Egan recreates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force, and the larger story of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot, that follows is equally resonant. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by every citizen. Even as TR's national forests were smoldering they were saved: The heroism shown by his rangers turned public opinion permanently in favor of the forests, though it changed the mission of the forest service in ways we can still witness today. This e-book includes a sample chapter of SHORT NIGHTS OF THE SHADOW CATCHER.

A Pilgrimage to Eternity Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

A Pilgrimage to Eternity


  • Author : Timothy Egan
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2019-10-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735225244

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A Pilgrimage to Eternity Excerpt :

From "the world's greatest tour guide," a deeply-researched, captivating journey through the rich history of Christianity and the winding paths of the French and Italian countryside that will feed mind, body, and soul (New York Times). "What a wondrous work! This beautifully written and totally clear-eyed account of his pilgrimage will have you wondering whether we should all embark on such a journey, either of the body, the soul or, as in Egan's case, both." --Cokie Roberts "Egan draws us in, making us feel frozen in the snow-covered Alps, joyful in valleys of trees with low-hanging fruit, skeptical of the relics of embalmed saints and hopeful for the healing of his encrusted toes, so worn and weathered from their walk."--The Washington Post Moved by his mother's death and his Irish Catholic family's complicated history with the church, Timothy Egan decided to follow in the footsteps of centuries of seekers to force a reckoning with his own beliefs. He embarked on a thousand-mile pilgrimage through the theological cradle of Christianity to explore the religion in the world that it created. Egan sets out along the Via Francigena, once the major medieval trail leading the devout to Rome, and travels overland via the alpine peaks and small mountain towns of France, Switzerland and Italy, accompanied by a quirky cast of fellow pilgrims and by some of the towering figures of the faith--Joan of Arc, Henry VIII, Martin Luther. The goal: walking to St. Peter's Square, in hopes of meeting the galvanizing pope who is struggling to hold together the church through the worst crisis in half a millennium. A thrilling journey, a family story, and a revealing history, A Pilgrimage to Eternity looks for our future in its search for God.

Water Book
Score: 3.5
From 4 Ratings

Water


  • Author : Marq De Villiers
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 372
  • ISBN 10 : 0618127445

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Water Excerpt :

Examines the political and ecological consequences of the uses and misuses of water as increasing demands threaten the global supply--issues compounded by decreasing water table levels and rampant pollution.

The Immortal Irishman Book
Score: 4.5
From 21 Ratings

The Immortal Irishman


  • Author : Timothy Egan
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2016-03-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544272477

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The Immortal Irishman Excerpt :

In the New York Times bestseller The Immortal Irishman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Timothy Egan illuminates the dawn of the great Irish American story, with all its twists and triumphs, through the life of one heroic man. A dashing young orator during the Great Hunger of the 1840s, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony for life. But two years later he was “back from the dead” and in New York, instantly the most famous Irishman in America. Meagher’s rebirth included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. Afterward, he tried to build a new Ireland in the wild west of Montana — a quixotic adventure that ended in the great mystery of his disappearance, which Egan resolves convincingly at last. “This is marvelous stuff. Thomas F. Meagher strides onto Egan's beautifully wrought pages just as he lived — powerfully larger than life. A fascinating account of an extraordinary life.”—Daniel James Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Facing the Mountain

Dust Bowl Book

Dust Bowl


  • Author : Donald Worster
  • Publisher : New York : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1979
  • Genre: Agriculture
  • Pages : 277
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015035331985

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Dust Bowl Excerpt :

Personal recollections recreate experiences of two Dust Bowl communities.

Farming the Dust Bowl Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

Farming the Dust Bowl


  • Author : Lawrence Svobida
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1986
  • Genre: Agriculture
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015018063290

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Farming the Dust Bowl Excerpt :

This is the story of Lawrence Svobida, a Kansas wheat farmer who fought searing drought, wind, erosion, and economic hard times in the Dust Bowl. It is a vivid account by a farmer who pitted his physical strength, mental faculties, and financial resources against the environment as nature wreaked havoc across the southern Great Plains. Svobida's description of Dust Bowl agriculture is important not only because it accurately describes farming in that region but also because it is one of the few first-hand accounts that remain of the frightening and still haunting dust-laden decade of the 1930's.

The Dirty Thirties Book

The Dirty Thirties


  • Author : Brinkley Howard
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2016-05-17
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 56
  • ISBN 10 : 1621074250

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The Dirty Thirties Excerpt :

In this book, Brinkley will take you through a short history of the "Dirty Thirties."