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Published in Great Plains Research 19.1 (Spring 2009): 130. © 2009 Copyright by the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


The book provides an understanding of the role that soil management has played in the success or failure of civilizations. It documents the fact that soil erosion in the 1930s in the Great Plains was part of a succession of soil erosions resulting from poor management that began thousands of years before. Unfortunately, lessons learned from the Great Plains in the 1930s have not been heeded, and major outbreaks of soil erosion have occurred since that time. The book provides an insight into the reasons why we should continue to strive for sustainable use of our soil resources. It is a must read for anyone who works with the soil, and it should be of interest to all who care about our natural resources.