Timothy Egan

Timothy Egan is an American author, journalist, and op-ed columnist for The New York Times. He is known for his books on history and the American West, and has won several awards, including the National Book Award for Nonfiction.


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  1. 1. Short Nights Of The Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life And Immortal Photographs Of Edward Curtis

    The book chronicles the remarkable journey of an intrepid photographer who dedicated his life to documenting the lives and cultures of Native American tribes at the turn of the 20th century. With a passion that bordered on obsession, he traversed the American West, capturing thousands of images and recordings that aimed to preserve the fading heritage of indigenous peoples. His monumental project was both a groundbreaking anthropological achievement and a testament to the power of photography as a means of cultural preservation. Despite facing personal and financial hardships, his work culminated in an invaluable historical record that continues to influence our understanding of Native American history and culture.

    The 6644th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Worst Hard Time

    The book is a historical account of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, focusing on the lives of several families and individuals who chose to remain in the Great Plains despite the devastating dust storms and economic hardship. It provides an in-depth look at the environmental and human factors that led to this ecological disaster, the government's response, and the resilience of the people who lived through it. The narrative also explores the social and economic impacts of the Dust Bowl, and the lessons learned from this period of American history.

    The 10693rd Greatest Book of All Time