Thomas Egen’s book, The Worst Hard Time, is a terrorizing historical narrative of the Dust Bowl years of the 1930’s. I read this horrifying tale some years ago and it has haunted me since. The hardships that were faced by the people on the American Plains is inconceivable. Egen recounts of survivors subsisting on eating road kill and canned tumbleweed to stave off starvation. This book is a must read and a true testament of what can go wrong, so badly wrong, when people act rapaciously toward the land. You will never look out of your car window at those endless miles of seemingly docile American farmland the same again.