The Truth and Tragedy of the Randy Weaver Family
“The most comprehensive, even-handed and best written account of Ruby Ridge currently in print.” — Washington Times
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jess Walter, here 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.
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, 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.
Interesting book and a fine review of the heavy-handed actions that typified Janet Reno. Although she is mentioned only once in the book, we would do well to remember the tragic consequences of her methods regarding the Weaver family, the Branch Davidians and the Elian Gonzalez case. She died with blood on her hands and this book explains much about how this came to pass.
I watched the movie and it was fantastic. I plan on reading the book now.