The author is familiar with many of the locations in American Family Divided as he grew up, first in Peru, then in the small Village of Le Roy in Western New York State. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1964, obtained a secondary school teaching certificate from the University of Southern California in January 1966. He then taught secondary school in South Central Los Angeles in the mid 1960’s and graduated from Loyola University Law School of Los Angeles in 1970.
After practicing law in Santa Monica California he moved back to Le Roy in 1972 where he has practiced law to the present day. His practice has concentrated on civil and criminal litigation.
Since the mid 1980s he has spoken and written on environmental issues.
In 2009 he obtained the prestigious Will Rogers Medallion award for editing the western biography Unbridled Cowboy.
Issues tearing America apart divide a family. In 1996, Joe wins a national best ad man award. His wife claims the products he pitches destroy our planet. His son bolts to the Amazon instead of working for one of Joe’s clients. After Jesse’s murder, Joe rejects rumors that Jesse died at the hand of Joe’s client. He and his wife seek the truth in Peru. Joe is forced to reassess his life.