Ruby Ridge (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Harper Collins, Jun 26, 2012 - True Crime - 416 pages
2 Reviews

On the last hot day of summer in 1992, gunfire cracked over a rocky knob in northern Idaho, just south of the Canadian border. By the next day three people were dead, and a small war was joined, pitting the full might of federal law enforcement against one well-armed family. Drawing on extensive interviews with Randy Weaver's family, government insiders, and others, Jess Walter traces the paths that led the Weavers to their confrontation with federal agents and led the government to treat a family like a gang of criminals.

This is the story of what happened on Ruby Ridge: the tragic and unlikely series of events that destroyed a family, brought down the number-two man in the FBI, and left in its wake a nation increasingly attuned to the dangers of unchecked federal power.


What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - BrianaJae - LibraryThing

This was actually Jess' first book, a work of non-fiction. It was about the Weaver family who had very strong religious and anti-government beliefs. They moved to a cabin in the middle of the woods of ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - kymarlee - LibraryThing

Fascinating look inside the workings of the FBI and how our government tries to suppress individuals who do not agree with the status quo. In the end a tragic confrontation that did not need to happen. Read full review


Title Page

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, and Citizen Vince, the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. His short fiction has appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, and Playboy, as well as The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He lives in his hometown of Spokane, Washington.

Bibliographic information