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This true story deals with early childhood development in a severely dysfunctional family. The author ends the biography at age five and relates his story of ridicule, and abuse through the eyes of a five-year-old child. Please God! Let them be Dead! is also a love story that ends in abandonment and a broken heart.
Primary market: Those working in the child protection services.
Secondary marker: General Public
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Hannibal, Missouri: Born in Hannibal, Missouri toward the end of the Second World War,Yount's life was not unlike that of famous author, Mark Twain, also from Hannibal.
Runaway: Leaving home at the age of fourteen he wasn't unable to finish high school until he was in his early twenty's. Most of his teen years were spent on the road hitch-hiking between California and Florida, working one odd job after another.
Vocational: In his early twenties he finally completed High School and after a brief technical career, moved into management with the County of Santa Barbara, California.
Legislature: While working in county government Yount developed a fervent interest in politics and made a bid for the California State Legislator in 1984.
Soldier of Fortune to Corporate Executive: In his early thirty's he left his management career for the gold fields of Southern California. After a year, the complexity of the ore body he was mining forced him back into the real world where he rapidly climbed the corporate ladder to the position of "Director of Field Operations and Network Services" for a billion dollar corporation.
Cowboy: In 1993, thinking he was ready for retirement, Yount sought to fulfill his childhood dream of owning a cattle ranch. He bought a ranch in Colorado, stocked it with the popular Herford - Angus cross, and began his new "life on the range."
Activist: It seemed the, quite, peaceful, lifestyle of a cowboy wasn't quite enough to occupy his mind and not long after he established his "Triple 'Y' Ranch," Yount reentered politics. His statewide effort to involve Christian conservatives in political events met with major opposition from Colorado's existing liberal regime. While endorsing the national Jewish organization, one of the popular political parties denied his Christian group a charter of their own. One party official said, "You'll not be granted a charter as long as the word Christian remains in your organizations name."
Publisher: For three years Yount published his monthly political news letter the "Spring Branch Feeder," reaching a circulation of six thousand, in an effort to expand Colorado Christian's involvement in politics. Colorado's, "Rocky Mountain News" and "Denver Post" came out in strong opposition against Yount's Christian campaign. Only the "Pueblo Chieftain" published an unbiased editorial regarding the movement. The crusade failed simply because people were afraid of losing. The cardinal rule in all politics is to "stand with a winner." Having left politics for the last time, Yount now retires to Arizona for the quiet, peaceful life of a novelist.
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