KU Common Book 2013: Home

This guide contains resources related to the 2013 KU Common Book, The Worst Hard Time, as well as other materials connected to The Dust Bowl.


Welcome to the KU Libraries guide to the 2013 KU Common Book, The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan.

About this Guide

This guide includes both print and electronic resources included in Egan's bibliography, as well as additional resources related to the Dust Bowl and American History.    

This guide is divided into sections including:

  • Audio & Video
  • Promise: The Great Plowup, 1901-1930 (chapters 1-5)
  • Betrayal, 1931-1933 (chapters 6-10)
  • Blowup, 1934-1939 (chapters 11-25)
  • KU Faculty Publications - This section highlights the work of KU faculty research connected to topics and themes found in The Worst Hard Time.

KU Common Book

KU Common Book will promote community and academic engagement through discussions of a common reading experience among faculty, staff, and students. By participating in the program, you will enhance the skills and abilities that are central to success at KU and beyond, particularly examining others’ viewpoints and thinking critically. KU Common Book will also enable you to challenge and test your assumptions while giving you multiple frameworks to see and understand the world.

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