The first time I read this book, back in July of 2011, I focused on the experiences of the people who lived through the Dust Bowl in the central plains states. That time I listened to it and it was pretty good. (Here’s the review.)
This time I read the Kindle edition and it was a somewhat better experience. There were photos for one thing and I could go back and reread certain sentences pretty easily.
And this time it seemed as though I read for the reasons there was a dustbowl more than what happened to the people. This time I understood better about the deep one-way plowing and what it did to the land – after the long, long drought – when the winds came – the topsoil was just blown away. It blew it as far as Washington DC.
My sympathies were with everyone except the speculators and the die-hards who would not accept that their way of doing things wasn’t working. I sympathized with the folks who were trying to help, those from Washington and elsewhere, but didn’t know quite what would work.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in the Great Depression.