Join us next Tuesday, June 27th at Gordy & Sons to meet Stephen G. Michaud, author of the riveting "Robert's Story."
The book signing will take place from 5pm - 7pm, and we'll have small bites and cocktails throughout the evening.
Mr. Michaud will be in attendance to discuss his latest book, sign copies and do a Q&A with attendees.
The event is free to attend, but the author is requesting attendees RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Tired, disoriented, and confused, Robert East was no match for the “wolves” when they arrived.
Robert East loved his older brother Tom but always resented his favored role in the family cattle business based at their San Antonio Viejo ranch near Hebbronville, Texas, just north of the Rio Grande.
Tom was a figure to be reckoned with, a cattleman with ambitions to supplant their uncle Bob Kleberg, head of the enormous King Ranch, as the leading cattle raiser in Texas. Robert, by contrast, was a cowboy who cared little for what occurred beyond the San Antonio Viejo’s main gate. Handsome and ornery, with no head for business, he nevertheless chafed in his brother’s shadow until 1984, when Tom died young of a heart attack.
Suddenly, Robert was the new and untested patron of 250,000 acres of East Family ranchland―and the majority owner of the ocean of natural gas pooled beneath East rangeland.
Robert’s contentious nature drove the Easts into bitter intra-family legal warfare that persisted for a decade. He lost his beloved sister, Lica, to cancer, and as old age advanced, he found himself alone and isolated on a remote ranch with only an unreliable foreman and a scattering of vaqueros and other workers for company.
The physical wear and tear from decades of working cattle on horseback began to show. Robert’s knees gave out, and he developed serious cardiovascular problems. His doctors prescribed pain pills, sedatives, and medications for his chronic depression. In 2000, drillers hit the most productive gas well in the U.S, if not the world, on East property, making the old man suddenly and spectacularly wealthy beyond his comprehension.
Soon enough the “wolves” began to circle, and Robert’s grotesque final days were at hand.