Areas of Study Schedule A Visit Virtual Tour Request Info Apply Now
CSSR Header Image


Welcome to iREAD

The Worst Hard Time Book JacketThe 2018-2019 iREAD book is "The Worst Hard Time" by Timothy Egan. The iREAD lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in Lee Arena, Washburn University campus. Tickets are available at Mabee Library and the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library.

From the New York Times:

“The story of the Dust Bowl is inherently dramatic, and Egan, a national correspondent for The New York Times, vividly brings both his witnesses and the weather to life.”

From Publisher’s Weekly:

“Egan tells an extraordinary tale in this visceral account of how America's great, grassy plains turned to dust, and how the ferocious plains winds stirred up an endless series of "black blizzards" that were like a biblical plague: "Dust clouds boiled up, ten thousand feet or more in the sky, and rolled like moving mountains" in what became known as the Dust Bowl.”

From USA Today:

"A vivid and gritty piece of forgotten history from the darkest days of the Depression. It’s a great read about a horrible time, filled with lessons still worth learning."

iREAD Resources

Timothy Egan Personal Website

Timothy Egan Author Website

Publisher Website

Reader's Guide


C-SPAN Book TV with Timothy Egan, 1-16-2006

C-SPAN Book TV with Timothy Egan, 8-18-2007

A Conversation With Timothy Egan - PBS Days of Dust

Timothy Egan Bonus Interview - PBS Days of Dust

Timothy Egan Interview - Oklahoma Horizon


Dust Bowl Stories from 'The Worst Hard Time - NPR


Worst Hard Time -

Washburn University Tech Logo
Washburn University School Of Law

Washburn University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Dr. Pamela Foster, Equal Opportunity Director/Title IX Coordinator, Washburn University, 1700 SW College Ave, Topeka, Kansas 66621, 785.670.1509,

Kansas Degree Stats
back to top button