David Berg - RUN, BROTHER, RUN

Monday, June 30, 2014 - 7:00pm
2421 Bissonnet St
77005-1451 Houston
Run, Brother, Run: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476717050
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Published: Scribner - June 10th, 2014

A searing family memoir, hailed as "remarkable" (The New York Times),
"compelling" (People), and "engrossing" (Kirkus Reviews), of a trial
lawyer's tempestuous boyhood in Texas that led to the vicious murder of
his brother by the father of actor Woody Harrelson.

In 1968, David
Berg's brother, Alan, was murdered by Charles Harrelson, a notorious hit
man and father of Woody Harrelson. Alan was only thirty-one when he
disappeared (David was twenty-six) and for more than six months his
family did not know what had happened to him--until his remains were
found in a ditch in Texas. There was an eyewitness to the murder:
Charles Harrelson's girlfriend, who agreed to testify. For his defense,
Harrelson hired Percy Foreman, then the most famous criminal lawyer in
America. Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Harrelson was

After burying his brother all those years ago, David Berg
rarely talked about him. Yet in 2008 he began to remember and research
Alan's life and death. The result is RUN, BROTHER, RUN: part
memoir--about growing up Jewish in 1950s Texas and Arkansas--and part
legal story, informed by Berg's experience as a seasoned lawyer. Writing
with cold-eyed grief and a wild, lacerating humor, Berg tells us first
about the striving Jewish family that created Alan Berg and set him on a
course for self-destruction, and then about the miscarriage of justice
when Berg's murderer was acquitted.

David Berg brings us a painful
family history, a portrait of an iconic American place, and a true-crime
courtroom murder drama that "elegantly brings to life the
rough-and-tumble boomtown that was 1960s-era Houston, and conveys with
unflinching force the emotional damage his brother's death did to his
family" (The New York Times).