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  1. The Long, Hard Winter of 1880-81: What was it really like?
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  2. The Long, Hard Winter of 1880-81: What was it really like?

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Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic novel The Long Winter tells the riveting story of the winter of 1880-81. She wrote of three day blizzards, forty ton trains stuck in the snow, houses buried in snowdrifts and a town that nearly starved.

Was Laura's story just fiction, or was that one winter stranger than fiction? Was that winter really that bad, or was it just a typical old time winter stretched a bit to make a good tale?

Author Dan L. White examines the reality of the long, hard winter. White uses contemporary newspaper articles, autobiographies and historical accounts of those who lived through that time to weave a fascinating story of the incredible winter of 1880-81.

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Dan L. White
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I was so excited to read this book and learn some interesting facts about that terrible winter that Laura Ingalls Wilder describes in "The Long Winter", but when I finished the book, I had only learned a few anecdotes and not much else. Had I not read a 1976 biography of Larua, entitled "Laura", I would have been much more impressed. However, Mr. White seems to have copied verbatim from this biography a great deal. The book is also poorly written -- choppy sentences and thoughts that go back and forth. A lot of information is also repetitive from previous chapters in the book. The picutres are interesting and I enjoyed studying them -- you do get a real sense of how terrible that winter was. Overall, it's an okay book, but I'd check it out of my local library before I'd buy it.
Dan White has written a thoughtful and well researched book about the terrible winter that nearly stopped the westward migration of settlers in their tracks. So dismal, cold and long that people were reduced to burning hay for heat and eating their seed wheat, the winter was so terrible that it even introduced a new word, "blizzard" into the English language, to describe the huge, blinding and sub zero snowstorms that seemed without end that season.
While author White provides facts and anecdotes to describe the disastrous winter, he sometimes seems to be writing to a young reader. Much is simplified, and stories that were probably very grim were described in only the broadest manner, as if to avoid frightening or offending his audience. Not that I want to hear only the gory details, but if I am reading a history of a disaster of this scale, I would rather have a complete picture. White has a tendency to declare the obvious with redundant statements that he follows with... Read more
My favorite book is "The Long Winter" by Laura Ingalls Wilder, so when I saw this book, I just had to get it. I wanted to learn more about that time in history. The interesting thing about this book is that it talks about what that Winter was like all over the country and then it gets into what people had to go through when the snow began to melt in the Spring. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK and would highly recommend it to everyone. This author did a superb job!!!
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