The American Family Farm uses a seasonal theme to describe how the family farm functioned in the first half of the century and compares it to the modern farm. Spectacular photos by the author and photographers of merit such as Walker Evans and Bill Garnett are featured. 210 photos, 80 in color.
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Hans Halberstadt studied documentary film in college and later took up writing, authoring or co-authoring more than fifty books. Most of his books have been on military subjects, especially U.S. special operations forces, armor, and artillery. He has also written extensively about farming and railroads. Halberstadt served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter door gunner in Vietnam. He and his wife, April, live in San Jose, California.From Library Journal:
Three cheers for Halberstadt (Demolition Equipment, Motorbks. Internat., 1996) for this pictorial history of the American family farm in the 20th century. The family farm, owned and operated by a family who lives and works on the land and obtains most or all of its income from farming, is the mainstay of American agriculture. Over 200 black-and-white and color photographs and accompanying text portray a panorama of farm life, from yesterday's families, who farmed with horses, sickles, and steam-operated tools, to modern families who use the latest equipment. Describing the functions that take place on a farm throughout the year, Halberstadt offers a glimpse of some of the economic and social problems farming families now face. Interviews with farmers around the country from a variety of backgrounds and using a variety of strategies provide additional insights into the joys and frustrations of farming as a livelihood. This fact-filled tribute is guaranteed to educate all readers. Highly recommended.?Irwin Weintraub, Rutgers Univ. Lib., New Brunswick, N.J.
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