The Children’s Blizzard

by David Laskin

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.ThisP.S.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 307 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.92 out of 5
  • Published October 11th 2005 by Harper Perennial
  • Original Title: The Children's Blizzard
  • ISBN: 0060520760 (ISBN13: 9780060520762)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: William Saroyan International Prize for Writing Nominee for Nonfiction (2005)
  • Washington State Book Award (2005)

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.