From a renowned trial lawyer, Run, Brother, Run is a searing family memoir of a
wild boyhood in Texas that led to the vicious murder of the author’s brother by
actor Woody Harrelson’s father.
In 1968 David Berg’s brother, Alan, was murdered by Charles
Harrelson—notorious hit man and father of Woody Harrelson. Alan was only thirty-one
when he disappeared 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: Harrelson’s
girlfriend, who agreed to testify. Even so, Harrelson was acquitted with the
help of the most famous criminal lawyer in America. Writing with cold-eyed
grief and lacerating humor, Berg shares intimate details about his striving
Jewish family that perhaps set Alan on a course for self-destruction, and the
wrenching miscarriage of justice when Berg’s murderer went unpunished.
Since burying his brother, David has never discussed how he
died. But then three years ago, details from his past crept into his memory and
he began to research his family’s legacy and his brother’s death, informed by
his expertise as a seasoned attorney. The result is a raw and painful memoir
that taps into the darkest human behaviors, a fascinating portrait of an iconic
American place, and a true-crime courtroom murder drama—all perfectly
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