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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc; Reprint edition (3 Mar 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195032128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195032123
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.2 x 16.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,090,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Worster's book is the first to pinpoint the results of the mechanization and defiance of nature, and the sources of such practices. Definitely the best introduction to understanding the cultural sources of modern environmental crises."--A.R. Vasavi, Tufts University"Over ten years old, in a field that is rapidly growing and changing and still the best environmental history of 20th century agriculture!"--Mart Stuart, Oregon State Univ."An exciting, provocative, and stimulating study....It has much to say to historians, environmentalists, and public policy makers."-- American Historical Review"Superb social history....A gracefully written and fascinating book."--History: Reviews of New Books"Well-written and students respond to it well."--Gilbert W. Gillespie, Cornell University

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Donald Worster is Hall Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Kansas and the author of A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karic31 on 5 April 2005
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A different approach to traditional US history, whilst taking into account the determined and rugged outlook of the southerners and the freak geological conditions of the period, Worster concludes that it was American culture itself that led to the land being over exploited and resulting in the Dust Bowl.
Graphic and humorous accounts punctuate an excellent analysis of the factors surrounding the Dust Bowl. Whilst his conclusions will no doubt be controversial, especially in America itself (the book opens with a quote from Marx) it is a valuable and powerful contribution to North American environmental history.
It is a pleasure to read to boot. Well worth a look.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun 1999
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This remains one of my favorite history monographs. Worster's argument is that the ecological disaster of the dust bowl had its roots in the economic, political, and environmental assumptions of farmers and politicians. These are not the sturdy frontier farmers who love their land and democracy, more akin to miners of the soil who push it far beyond its limits.
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There are parts in the book that are high on rhetoric and low on fact and at some points it gets excessive.
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By C. A. Turner on 6 Dec 2014
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Very useful for my Daughter's assignment
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Feb 1999
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It had totally false and misleading information,and from what i could tell it had been plagorized.
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