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by Gene Logsdon

“Nan turned to see Ben’s face turn as hard and white as a sauerkraut crock. When he did not respond, Nan figured that he was just going to back off as he usually did, the shy and retiring husbandman. She did not know her history. She did not know that shy and retiring husbandmen have been known to revolt against oppression with pitchforks drawn.” ―The Last of the Husbandmen In The Last of the Husbandmen, Gene Logsdon looks to his own roots in Ohio farming life to depict the personal triumphs and tragedies, clashes and compromises, and abiding human character of American farming families and communities. From the Great Depression, when farmers tilled the fields with plow horses, to the corporate farms and government subsidy programs of the present, this novel presents the complex transformation of a livelihood and of a way of life. Two friends, one rich by local standards, and the other of more modest means, grow to manhood in a lifelong contest of will and character. In response to many of the same circumstances―war, love, moonshining, the Klan, weather, the economy―their different approaches and solutions to dealing with their situations put them at odds with each other, but we are left with a deeper understanding of the world that they have inherited and have chosen. Part morality play and part personal recollection, The Last of the Husbandmen is both a lighthearted look at the past and a profound statement about the present state of farming life. It is also a novel that captures the spirit of those who have chosen to work the land they love.

Download The Last of the Husbandmen: A Novel of Farming Life epub
ISBN: 0821417851
ISBN13: 978-0821417850
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary
Author: Gene Logsdon
Language: English
Publisher: Ohio University Press; 1 edition (March 4, 2008)
Pages: 344 pages
ePUB size: 1735 kb
FB2 size: 1406 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 877
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There are few books written about farmers and farming in the form of a novel, And I really wish there were more like this one.

For those of us who grew up farming it will bring back a lot of memories. For those who didn't, It will give you an inside view of a small farmer's life along with that of his large scale farming best friend through the years.

I've been a fan of Mr. Logsdon's writing for years and just found this novel in hard cover 2 years ago. I enjoyed the book enough that as soon as I saw it was available for my Kindle I bought a copy and just finished reading the story for the second time.

Do yourself a favor and read this book, I'd bet you'll enjoy it.
The book was given as a Christmas gift to a farmer friend who reports it is an excellent book and contains some interesting farming info.
Great Book. Great Author.
I am not a farmer, but like a lot of people, have grandparents who were. The book chronicles the changes that took place in farming (both technologically and culturally) over the course of the 20th century. A very informative and entertaining story.
If you are a fan of Gene Logsdon or have an interest in back to basics agriculture this is the novel for you. Logsdon weaves a wonderful and ultimately uplifting tale of the life a small farmer. Throughout this tale are gems of farming knowledge that are quickly disappearing in today's Agribusiness monstrosity. Even if you have little or no interest in agriculture, Logsdon's writing skills are sufficient to keep a reader engaged.
Hay is for horses!
The author narrates daily farm life in excruciating detail, interspersing it with boring stories of neighbours and country friends. I also bought some other book of this same author that I could not finish either.
Husbandry is the farming of animals and produce using resources wisely. This book explains how families have struggled to maintain animals and produce in the 20th century. It's a fast read about farming in Northern Ohio from the 1930s to 1970s. The book includes factual information about how families could earn a living from farming through the generations to when a family could no longer support itself farming.

You'll find the impact of supply and demand along with politics interesting. The farm machinery and growth methods using fertilizers that caused changes in farming from the family to corporations is a reminder of today's dilemma about farm produce. Today people are revisiting organic farming. Get a great overview of farm information in the USA today without a dictatorial presentation.