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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.

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061959851
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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 Idaho. Their extreme views and actions led to a stand-off between the family and the FBI. Mrs. Weaver and her son were killed during the fight. This book describes the tragedy and details what happened in that cabin on Ruby Ridge. It was tragic and enthralling.more
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.more

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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 Idaho. Their extreme views and actions led to a stand-off between the family and the FBI. Mrs. Weaver and her son were killed during the fight. This book describes the tragedy and details what happened in that cabin on Ruby Ridge. It was tragic and enthralling.more
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.more
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