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Every Knee Shall Bow (original title) 

Ruby Ridge (re-release) 


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.



"A stunning job of reporting."-- NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"The most comprehensive, even-handed and best-written account of Ruby Ridge ... Mr. Walter writes with fluency and grace."-- WASHINGTON TIMES

"The definitive book on the Ruby Ridge siege."-- NEW YORK POST

"An excellent, well-written and important book that should be required reading in every civics class in the country."-- DES MOINES REGISTER

"Working from hundreds of pages of official documents and having culled the personal recollections of many of those actually involved, Walter has constructed a book that rivals any work of its kind."-- SPOKANE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW

"Flowing, gripping, logically organized and rich in detail ... a story so tragic it's redolent of Shakespeare."-- GANNETT WIRE SERVICE

"Tightly reported ... an even-handed narrative that gathers speed as the Weavers' fate becomes more tangled and tragic ... An excellent, minute-by-minute account."-- OREGONIAN (Portland)

"Deeply critical of the government's actions and the seemingly mindless series of bureaucratic decisions that led to the deadly siege ... the power of Walter's book (is in bringing) the Weavers to life."-- SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"A meticulously researched account."-- PEOPLE

"A riveting, you-are-there story ... descriptive, solid reporting, colorful and meticulous ... Perhaps the most gripping part of Walter's work is the description of the siege itself."-- GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

"Remarkably complete ... Walter reconstructs the past with a novelist's attention to detail."-- SALT LAKE CITY TRIBUNE

"A compelling and poetic masterpiece and an important document of American history."-- NELSON DEMILLE

"Just to take a case as complicated and controversial as US v Weaver and dexplain it would have been enough. But Walter does more. His opening is so strong and his writing is so good ... Leaves us to draw our own conclusion about who was right and who was wrong on Ruby Ridge."-- FORT LAUDERDALE SUN-SENTINAL