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The Children's Blizzard (P.S.)
by David Laskin

Published: 2005-10-11
Paperback : 336 pages
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Thousands of impoverished Northern European immigrants were promised that the prairie offered "land, freedom, and hope." The disastrous blizzard of 1888 revealed that their free homestead was not a paradise but a hard, unforgiving place governed by natural forces they neither understood ...

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Thousands of impoverished Northern European immigrants were promised that the prairie offered "land, freedom, and hope." The disastrous blizzard of 1888 revealed that their free homestead was not a paradise but a hard, unforgiving place governed by natural forces they neither understood nor controlled, and America’s heartland would never be the same.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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  "The Children's Blizzard"by hootythecat (see profile) 03/26/14

This book didn't know what it wanted to be when it grew up. The author obviously did a lot of research, but he had difficulty focusing the mission of the book and selectively highlighting the characters,... (read more)

 
  "The Children's Blizzard"by overstock (see profile) 03/24/14

This book was informative and a good historical perspective on our history and what our ancestors endured. And look at us now.....We have come a long way but our heritage is that we lived and died for... (read more)

 
  "The Children's Blizzard"by kho4th (see profile) 04/17/13

Although well written, the story really doesn't start until half way into the book. The first half is a like a manual for weather broadcaster. Could have done without that part. It was interesting although... (read more)

 
  "The Children's Blizzard"by mblake (see profile) 01/14/10

True story of a completely unexpected cold front which wreaked havoc for much of Minnesota, Nebraska and the Dakota territories in the late 19th century. Combines historical and scientific facts with gut... (read more)

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