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This book is so well written and researched that for me it opened my eyes to a region of America that I knew little about. The story telling added human texture and a deep understanding of the disaster of the dust bowl. I came away from the book able to clearly see why and how it all happened. But more than that I learned about how Oklahoma and the plains were settled. The strength of the people who moved there and stayed there-- no matter what. Storms, isolation, drought, you name it, trouble of every kind and they coped and stuck with it. The book was clearly written by a man totally in love with the place--it shone through on every page. It wasn't an easy story to hear--lots goes wrong--but it was worth it. The best kind of history lesson is a story well told. This book draws the reader in and captivates. Excellent narration. Highly recommended.
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For someone whose knowledge of the Dust Bowl era consists of watching the movie "Grapes of Wrath", I found this book to be a fascinating look into the "dirty thirties", as this period in time was called. By the end of the book, I was very glad I had chosen this selection. The author does, however, jump from historical facts to personal accounts, making the listen a bit confusing at times. I also felt that the narration was a bit rushed. Overall, though, if you like to read about what I call "neglected history", this would be a good choice.
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