LONE TREE A True Story of Murder in America's Heartland

Author: Brown (Bruce)
Year: 1989
Publisher: Crown (New York)
Edition Details: 1st US edn.
Book Condition: NrF/Vg+
ISBN: 9780517569870
Price: 8.00
Hardback. On December 9, 1985, Iowa farmer Dale Burr killed his wife of 40yrs at close range with a shotgun, then administered the same fate to his banker and to his neighbour, and, as the police closed in, committed suicide. This seemingly sudden and bewildering homicidal outburst shocked the nation and shook much of the Midwest. Through the story of the lives of these four people, the author examines the major themes of the American farm crisis; the farming family, the crisis in farm debt, the transformation of the farming community, and the changing life of the farmer himself. Simultaneously, he locates this contemporary story within an impeccably researched historical context, beginning with the enclosures acts of 13th-century Great Britain, through the panic of 1893, the great American Depression and other periods of intense agricultural ferment. This is the story about America changing and about how people deal with change, and asks how to make sense of events that lead perfectly normal people to commit horrendously abnormal acts. With Epilogue and Index. 220pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Nr. F. in sl. sunned Vg+ dw.


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