Settlers in 1912 knew it as Carlstadt, the "Star of the Prairie"; survivors remember it as Alderson, the ghost town. The history of this doomed village west of Medicine Hat is a life-sized saga of frothy boosterism, lightning expansion and utter miscalculations-a tragedy of drought, destitution and depopulation. It is the tale of the disaster that befell the prairie dry belt after the Great War, the untold sorrow of southwestern Saskatchewan and especially southeastern Alberta, an empire of dust.
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David C. Jones is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. He has written or edited over twenty-five books, including the award-winning Empire of Dust.Review:
“Since the first edition came out, Empire of Dust has been my favourite book on Canadian prairie history. It is meticulously researched, engaging, entertaining, brilliantly written: a work of art as well as a fine piece of scholarship.” -- Bradford James Rennie
“A welcome re-issue of a classic of Great Plains history.” -- Sarah Carter, University of Calgary
“Without Empire of Dust, I would not have known about Alderson, but thanks to David Jones, I could name the streets, still visible as outlines in the prairie grass. I knew the names of the people who walked the streets to the school, to the train station, to the hotels. I better understood this dramatic chapter of Prairie settlement. This is how history should be told.” -- David Bly, Heritage Writer, Calgary Herald
“Empire of Dust is a book remarkable for its honesty. It made a deep impression on me, raised and nurtured as I was on the historical fiction of ‘the last, best west’.” -- The Hon. George F. G. Stanley
“David Jones has written a fascinating history of southeastern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan that has all the elements of horror in a Gothic novel....[This book] is history as it was always meant to be written.” -- Paul Strickland, Medicine Hat News
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Book Description University of Nebraska Press, 1987. Book Condition: Good. illustrated edition. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP9692614
Book Description Edmonton, 1987. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very good. 8vo pp. 316, b/w illustrations, ep maps. book. Bookseller Inventory # 193406
Book Description University of Alberta Press, Edmonton, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 316 pp, index, b/w photos, mapped endpapers. Light edgewear. Name penned to ffep, signed by author on title page. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 038729