• The Farmer’s Lawyer

  • The North Dakota Nine and the Fight to Save the Family Farm
  • By: Sarah Vogel
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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"Sarah's story, told in her unique voice, inspires me - and I'm sure it will inspire you - to fight for family farmers." (Willie Nelson)

"An exquisitely written American saga." (Sarah Smarsh)

"Remarkably well told and heartfelt." (John Grisham)

The unforgettable true story of a young lawyer's impossible legal battle to stop the federal government from foreclosing on thousands of family farmers.

In the early 1980s, farmers were suffering through the worst economic crisis to hit rural America since the Great Depression. Land prices were down, operating costs and interest rates were up, and severe weather devastated crops. Instead of receiving assistance from the government as they had in the 1930s, these hardworking family farmers were threatened with foreclosure by the very agency that Franklin Delano Roosevelt created to help them.

Desperate, they called Sarah Vogel in North Dakota. Sarah, a young lawyer and single mother, listened to farmers who were on the verge of losing everything, and, inspired by the politicians who had helped farmers in the '30s, she naively built a solo practice of clients who couldn't afford to pay her. Sarah began drowning in debt, and soon her own home was facing foreclosure. In a David and Goliath legal battle reminiscent of A Civil Action or Erin Brockovich, Sarah brought a national class action lawsuit, which pitted her against the Reagan administration's Department of Justice, in her fight for family farmers' Constitutional rights. It was her first case.

A courageous American story about justice and holding the powerful to account, The Farmer's Lawyer shows how the farm economy we all depend on for our daily bread almost fell apart due to the willful neglect of those charged to protect it, and what we can learn from Sarah's battle as a similar calamity looms large on our horizon once again.

©2021 Sarah Vogel (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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Inspiring true account of ‘80s Farm Crisis

This books tells an important story of our nation’s rural life, and needs to be lifted up as history, as well as inspiration for the future of agriculture across the country.
Sarah Vogel’s style and candor keeps the reader engaged through legal details, and also provides insight into the personal stories of farmers, and those who loved them, in the 1980s Farm Crisis.
She richly weaves political history with an understanding of the work ethic and love of the land common among rural people. I think readers will gain new appreciation for the complexities of farm life, and the foundational value of farming in all of our lives.

My only complaint is the narrator whose mispronunciations are very distracting throughout the book, and do not convey the respect due to rural people, their culture, and this historic story. The book itself, though, is exceptional.