Stuff in the ‘John Temple’ Category

25 June, 2019

UP IN ARMS, John Temple

“IT’S TIME! They have my cattle and now they have one of my boys. Range War begins tomorrow at Bundy Ranch.

These words, pounded out on a laptop at Cliven Bundy’s besieged Nevada ranch on April 6, 2014, ignited a new American revolution. Across the country, a certain type of citizen snapped to attention: This was the flashpoint they’d been waiting for, a chance to help a fellow American stand up to a tyrannical and corrupt federal government.

Up in Arms chronicles how an isolated clan of desert-dwelling Mormons became the guiding light—and then the outright leaders—of America’s Patriot movement. The nation was riveted in 2014 when hundreds of Bundy supporters, many of them armed, forced federal agents to abandon a court-ordered cattle roundup. Then in 2016, Ammon Bundy, one of Cliven’s 13 children, led a 41-day armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Those events and the subsequent shootings, arrests, and trials captured headlines, but they’re just part of a story that has never been fully told. John Temple, award-winning journalist and author of American Pain, gives readers an unprecedented and objective look at the real people and families at the heart of these highly publicized standoffs. Up in Arms offers a propulsive narrative populated by rifle-toting cowboys, apocalyptic militiamen, undercover infiltrators, and the devout and charismatic Bundys themselves.

Neither mainstream nor conservative media outlets have contextualized the religious, political, environmental, and economic factors that set the stage for these events. Up in Arms provides a framework for understanding this diverse collection of American rebels who believe government overreach justifies the taking up of arms.

“If you want to understand the extremist militia groups popping up around the country lately, you need to start with Nevada’s notorious Bundy clan. Temple shines a light on the people as well as the religious, political and economic factors that gave rise to this dangerous movement.”

John Temple is an investigative journalist and the author of American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic, which was named a New York Post “Favorite Book of 2015” and a 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee for Fact Crime. Temple wrote two previous nonfiction books: The Last Lawyer: The Fight to Save Death Row Inmates and Deadhouse: Life in a Coroner’s Office. The American Society of Legal Writers awarded The Last Lawyer the 2010 Scribes Book Award. Temple is a tenured journalism professor at West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media. Before academia, Temple worked as a newspaper reporter in Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Florida.

The Revelator

“A tale of the modern American frontier, told by one of our great independent journalists.”

—Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

“With Up in Arms, John Temple delivers another fierce and searching portrait of an American subculture. His last book, American Pain, opened up the vault on painkiller pill mills, delivering a prescient harbinger of the opioid crisis. Now, his new and piercing look at the Bundy clan and the wider Patriot militia culture is a must-read for anyone trying to understand the continuing schism between rural and urban America.”

—Anthony Swofford, New York Times bestselling author of Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles

“John Temple’s depth of reporting is nothing short of remarkable. Reading Up in Arms, I was truly immersed, as if I was witnessing the bizarre series of events unfolding in real time. Most Americans only experienced a fraction of the saga through mass media’s parachute journalism. Temple’s in-depth approach propels you into the unbelievable story with extraordinary details, characters, history, and riveting scenes.”

—Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Academy Award–nominated documentary filmmaker of Heroin(e)


24 April, 2017

Untitled Nonfiction, John Temple

Edgar Award-nominated American Pain author John Temple’s new book chronicling the real-life Western epic of the Cliven Bundy clan and their thousands of zealous followers, from the 2014 standoff with federal officers at Bundy Ranch in Nevada to the 2016 takeover of a federal wildlife reserve in Oregon, in a saga that sheds light on America’s current state of civil discontent. (World Rights/BenBella Books/2018).


20 November, 2014

American Pain film deal with Warner Bros. in Variety

john-temple-headshot1-118x150Fun to see that VARIETY picked up the story about the film deal with Warner Brothers for John Temple’s AMERICAN PAIN: How a 27-year old Felon and Five Doctors Unleashed the Deadliest Drug Epidemic in U.S. History.  Film agent par excellence, Shari Smiley (Gotham Group) brokered the deal with Warner Brothers after attracting Dallas Buyers Club screenwriter Melisa Wallack to the project. Greg Berlant,  who produced and wrote “The Green Lantern” and the upcoming Peter Pan origins movie “Pan” will produce. Can’t wait to hit the red carpet!

Read more here: American Pain in Variety  


21 October, 2014

American Pain optioned to Warner Brothers

John Temple’s AMERICAN PAIN, a chronicle of the rise and fall of the nation’s biggest painkiller trafficking ring, has been optioned to Warner Brothers, with Greg Berlanti’s company producing and Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers’ Club) to write the screenplay by  Shari Smiley of the Gotham Group on behalf of JDA agent Jacqueline Flynn.


22 January, 2014

Where I Write: John Temple

John TempleThe next writer in our Where I Write series is John Temple

“My usual writing spot and position is feet up on the desk of my home office.  It’s a smallish room with a window flanked by two big bookshelves that looks out on our hilly backyard where the boys play baseball.  I have to stand up every 20 minutes or so and stare blankly out the window.  I definitely need to hole up away from people most of the time, but when I’m really deep into a book, I eventually grow sick of spending so many hours in the same room and I will take the laptop elsewhere, to the library at WVU or a coffee shop or some place where I don’t feel like a hermit.  The biggest distinguishing feature of the office is the Big Board, the gigantic cork board on the wall above my computer.  In the photo, it has index cards outlining the major events/scenes/sections of my current book project, color coded and divided by Act I, Act II and Act III.  I tend to put a lot of pictures, maps, advice to myself on it too.  A screenwriting technique.  I’ve used different cork boards over the years and even made one of my own, but this is the biggest one I’ve ever found, about 4X4 feet.  I’m kind of obsessed with it.” — John Temple

John is the author of The Last Lawyer and Deadhouse.  He is currently writing American Pain:  How a 27-year old Felon and Five Doctors Unleashed the Deadliest Drug Epidemic in U.S. History, a chronicle of the rise and fall of the nation’s biggest painkiller trafficking ring in a shocking exposé that is populated by a gaudy and diverse cast of characters that includes the incongruous band of wealthy bad boys, thugs and esteemed physicians who built American Pain, as well as the cops and grieving mothers who labored for years to bring them to justice. Look for it in 2015 from Lyons Press.


19 November, 2013

Temple

John Temple’s latest book is UP IN ARMS: How the Bundy Family Hijacked Public Lands, Outfoxed the Federal Government, and Ignited America’s Patriot Militia Movement (Ben Bella Books, June, 2019) chronicles how a once isolated clan of desert-dwelling, ranchers first became a cause-célèbre for hard-right extremists and then transformed themselves into the top dogs of the entire anti-government movement. Temple has a knack for piecing together a riveting true crime page-turner that illuminates larger and important societal issues. In his Edgar-award nominated book, AMERICAN PAIN, Temple chronicled the rise and fall of a game-changing pill mill, and how it helped tip the nation into its current opioid crisis, the deadliest drug epidemic in American history. Similarly UP IN ARMS will use the story of the Bundy family to illuminate the rise of the Patriot militia movement in America. This ever-feuding hodge-podge of alliances is characterized by anti-government wrath, a stubborn stain of white nationalism, and gigantic arsenals of automatic weaponry.

The narrative swings back and forth between Nevada, where a 20-year dispute over grazing fees led to an armed standoff with federal agents, Washington D.C., and Oregon, where Cliven Bundy’s sons took over a federally managed wildlife refuge in 2016. It’s populated by a gaudy and diverse cast of characters. This includes the huge fundamentalist Mormon clan at the center of the story, as well as the militia leaders who educated the Bundys in all things anti-government and enlisted them to become the face of the movement. One of those key figures is now dead, shot by Oregon state troopers on a snowy forest highway as he went for his own gun. Two more fringe Bundy supporters died in an Old West-style shootout after murdering two police officers as they ate lunch in a Las Vegas pizzeria. And dozens more are currently awaiting prosecution in federal court, including the lifelong rancher who stirred up the entire saga.

His previous book“American Pain,” the true story of two young felons who built a colossal pain clinic that sold drugs to addicts, made millions, and couldn’t be stopped. Critics call the book “propulsive,” “exhilarating,” “hysterically funny,” “tragic,” “gripping,” “thrilling,” and “anger-inducing.” The New York Post named it one of their “Favorite Books of 2015,” and Suspense Magazine named it one of the “Best True Crime Books of 2015.” The book was nominated for an Edgar Award and Foreword Reviews named it the INDIEFAB Book of the Year in True Crime.

Temple’s previous book, “The Last Lawyer,” won the 2010 Scribes Award, given by the Society for Legal Writers to honor the year’s best law-related book. “The Last Lawyer” chronicled the nation’s most experienced and innovative death row attorney as he slugged out his toughest case. Leonard Pitts, the Pulitzer-winning syndicated columnist, wrote: “’The Last Lawyer’ is a compulsively readable indictment of a fatally flawed system. It reads like first-class legal fiction but it’s farm more compelling because it is, tragically, legal fact.”

Temple also published a narrative nonfiction book in 2005 called “Deadhouse,” about the exploits of deputy coroners in Pittsburgh. The book shadows the death investigators for year as they work murder scenes in the projects and pull floaters from the Allegheny River.

Temple is a professor of journalism at the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Before becoming a professor, Temple was a reporter for metro daily newspapers in Tampa and Pittsburgh. He is the father of two sons, and his wife, Hollee Schwartz Temple, is a law professor and author of the inspiring book, “Good Enough is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood.” For more about John Temple, visit his website at www.johntemplebooks.com.