Ruby Ridge: The Truth and Tragedy of the Randy Weaver Family

Ruby Ridge: The Truth and Tragedy of the Randy Weaver Family

by Jess Walter


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060007942
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/19/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 293,804
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

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.


Spokane, Washington

Date of Birth:

July 20, 1965

Place of Birth:

Spokane, Washington


B.A., Eastern Washington University, 1987

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Dennis Prager

“A brilliant, cautionary tale of the dangers of conspiracy thinking—by people and by governments.”

Reading Group Guide

What went wrong at Ruby Ridge? Why was Randy Weaver's son fatally shot in the back? How could the FBI justify shooting a woman as she held her infant child? Why were the Weavers given a $3.1 million settlement by the U.S. Government? Was there an FBI cover-up and how high did it go?

Ruby Ridge answers the critical questions that cut to the heart of the most explosive issues in the United States today.

The Weaver Family took to the woods to escape what they believed was a sinful world on the brink of Armageddon. But Randy Weaver's indictment on a firearms violation escalated into a deadly shootout at his northern Idaho cabin. Before it was over, a federal marshal, Weaver's wife and his only son were dead.

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Ruby Ridge: The Truth and Tragedy of the Randy Weaver Family 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So sad that we cannot assume that our institutions and the people who lead them are able and willing to do the right thing. So shameful that law enforcement, especially, seems to think they know better and can be above the law. Why do we not have better leaders? Honest leaders??
kymarlee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every American should read this well written and important book! It is riveting. Hard to imagine this really happened. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too bad Randy didn't stand up like a man and appear for his hearing as all this tragedy could have been prevented. So glad the daughters were able to bounce back.
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Move camp.
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