Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America

Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America

J. Anthony Lukas


From the writer of Common Ground -- probably the most acclaimed books of modern years -- comes a grand narrative of the USA because it charged, filled with wish and trepidation, into the 20th century.

J. Anthony Lukas, a masterful storyteller, tells a enchanting story -- of a bad homicide, an outstanding trial, and the fight they trigger for the soul of the US.

Big Trouble starts on a snowy night at Christmas time 1905 within the little city of Caldwell, Idaho, to which the state's former governor, Frank Steunenberg, had back to move his kinfolk financial institution whereas considering his political destiny. As he walked domestic that evening, he sensed all approximately him the daring, exuberant, unashamedly acquisitive spirit of Caldwell's younger marketers, who -- as his brother had written -- have been "here for the money." Like such a lot of within the West at the moment, those brothers believed their clients for enriching themselves have been unlimited, that the longer term opened broad sooner than them.

ANd but the governor suffered premonitions that he and his associates were not absolutely answerable for their very own future, that anything malign threatened their health.

Now, as he the plume of his frozen breath, his boots crunching 8 inches of freshly frozen snow, he became via his backyard gate and a bomb connected to the gatepost blew him "into eternity."

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