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The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl

An Illustrated History

By Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns


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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.

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Size: 9 x 11 in in;
Pages: 232 pp;
over 300 color and duotone images and photographs
Format: Hardcover
Publication: October 2012
ISBN: 9781452107943
ISBN10: 1452107947

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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