Books: Tobacco War

NIGHT RIDER—Robert Penn Warren—Houghton Mifflin ($2.50).

The Tobacco War, which swept the tobacco land of Kentucky in 1905, was a strange, remote, bitter fight. It started when farmers' hatred of the newly organized Tobacco Trust exploded: warehouses were burned, an unknown number of barns destroyed, hundreds of tobacco farmers were arrested for arson, murder, conspiracy; martial law shut down.

This melodramatic, smoldering story is the background of Robert Penn Warren's Night Rider. Nobody agrees about the real Tobacco War. But there is no ambiguity in Warren's vivid account of it. Vigorous, lyrical, balanced, it...

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