The Children's Blizzard By David Laskin

The Children's Blizzard

By David Laskin

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4.5
From 56 Ratings


“David Laskin deploys historical fact of the finest grain to tell the story of a monstrous blizzard that caught the settlers of the Great Plains utterly by surprise. Using the storm as a lens, Laskin captures the brutal, heartbreaking folly of this chapter in America’s history, and along the way delves into the freakish physics of extreme cold. This is a book best read with a fire roaring in the hearth and a blanket and box of tissues near at hand.”  — Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City

Thousands of impoverished Northern European immigrants were promised that the prairie offered "land, freedom, and hope." The disastrous blizzard of 1888 revealed that their free homestead was not a paradise but a hard, unforgiving place governed by natural forces they neither understood nor controlled, and America’s heartland would never be the same.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.


  • Powerful Story

    By Pioneer Progeny
    Mr. Laskin's account of the 1888 Blizzard was a personal story for me: My Great Grandparents were school children who lived through it. His telling of this story is fascinating and heartbreaking. His account connected me with my ancestors in a powerful way. A must read for anyone who loves history, the pioneer story and weather.