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 of history in Calgary, Alberta. He has written or edited more than 25 books, including the award-winning Empire of Dust. Among his many teaching honours is the prestigious Presidents Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Calgary.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. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110888641206