by Timothy Egan
I had heard stories and seen film clips of this devastating period when parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico were turned into a dust bowl where no vegetation grew and all the topsoil was carried awaY by the wind. But I had no idea of the impact it had on people’s lives, on the nation and on the whole environment.
I read for the first time about “dust pneumonia” killing toddlers and older people alike as the dust filtered deep into their lungs, destroying cells. Since the dust particles had a high silica content, it tore at the air sacs, eventually having the same effect that coal dust has on a miner.
The author makes history come alive by peopling the book with many rich and colorful characters. This book is truly readable history and I can’t recommend it enough!