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Weeping Kings & Wild Boars
By Jerry Eckert

They trusted him. Kings, Prime Ministers, dedicated civil servants and a few of the world’s poorest folk trusted the late CSU Professor, Dr. Jerry Eckert and together they worked to change the world. Although he passed away in 2015,his legacy continues on through the lives he touched and through the stories in his memoir; reminding us that one person can change the world.

Weeping Kings and Wild Boars; Moments of Magic and Sorrow in Forty Years Trying to save the World, a collection of memoir essays, tells their stories and Jerry’s from his decades as an overseas agricultural economist. A reigning monarch sat on a darkened veranda with him, shedding tears of frustration. In a single sentence, a teenage village girl taught Jerry the true meaning of poverty and human worth. Before her assassination, one of Lesotho’s royal family members worked quietly with him to help desegregate South Africa thus linking that nation and hers. His life’s kaleidoscope was graced with remarkable people, powerful moments of change, unspeakable loss, and glimpses into age-old cultures.

Jerry was a professor of agricultural economics at Colorado State University where he taught and conducted research in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics from 1972-2005. In addition, he worked on many international projects which sent him to live in South Asia and southern Africa for more than 20 years. His work contributed to food grain self-sufficiency in Pakistan and The Gambia. In South Africa his research and writing spurred the apartheid government to accelerate change by creating a more inclusive middle class in South Africa; he developed the framework for an interracial dialogue ultimately leading to a new bill of rights in 1997; and Jerry helped to develop an economic growth strategy for the incoming Mandela government.

Weeping Kings & Wild Boars, published by Hot Chocolate Press (April 2016), is available on Amazon in both print and digital formats. Prior to be being published, the book won first place in the Top of the Mountain Book Award in 2015.

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"The essays, both fascinating and beautifully written, made it difficult for me to put it down. I greatly admire Jerry Eckert for the work did for the people of Pakistan and South Africa; what a remarkable human being. I highly recommend this wonderful book."
~April Moore; Director of Northern Colorado Writers

"Jerry was a great human and a great economist. This book is what he wanted to exist in the world -- which was a simple testimony to the importance of agriculture and economics in a world that sometimes undervalues their relevance to social justice and humanitarian issues. Jerry was an economist. But if you think that means he didn't care about human hearts or dreams or hopes, reconsider. That's what this book does: reminds us of how one man, and his work, can change nations and politics."
~ Laura Pritchett; Award-winning Author and she holds a PhD. in Contemporary American Literature from Purdue University


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Book Data

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Hot Chocolate Press (April 7, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996171037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996171038
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches