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An Illustrated History
By Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns
9 x 11 in in; 232 pp, over 300 color and duotone images and photographs pp; Hardcover
October 2012 ISBN 9781452107943 ISBN10 1452107947
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In this riveting chronicle, which accompanies a documentary to be broadcast on PBS
in the fall, Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns capture the profound drama of the American
Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Terrifying photographs of mile-high dust storms, along with firsthand
accounts by more than two dozen eyewitnesses, bring to life this heart-wrenching
catastrophe, when a combination of drought, wind, and poor farming practices turned
millions of acres of the Great Plains into a wasteland, killing crops and livestock, threatening
the lives of small children, burying homesteaders’ hopes under huge dunes of
dirt. Burns and Duncan collected more than 300 mesmerizing photographs, some never
before published, scoured private letters, government reports, and newspaper articles,
and conducted in-depth interviews to produce a document that may likely be the last
recorded testimony of the generation who lived through this defining decade.
Dayton Duncan is an award-winning filmmaker and author
of numerous bestsellers, including The National Parks:
America’s Best Idea. He lives in New Hampshire.
Ken Burns is an award-winning documentarian, whose
previous projects include The Civil War and the Oscar nominated
Brooklyn Bridge. He lives in New Hampshire.
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