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Lone Wolf: Eric Rudolph: Murder, Myth, and the Pursuit of an American Outlaw

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
He was supposed to be dead. Five years after Eric Rudolph escaped into the mountains of North Carolina, the FBI had long since abandoned the largest manhunt ever launched on U.S. soil. The fugitive accused of bombing the Atlanta Olympics, a gay bar, and two abortion clinics, leaving a trail of carnage across the southeast, had become a figure of folk legend. Many of his pu ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Harper (first published 2006)
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Will Byrnes
Vollers takes a close look at Eric Rudolph, the anti-abortionist guilty of bombing the 1996 Olympics and blowing up a women’s clinic in Birmingham, in which a cop and a nurse were killed. This is a very interesting, journalistic look. There are elements of biography in this but it covers the events surrounding the bombings rather than his life. I found it interesting for bringing to my attention several groups of extremist Americans that I had not been much aware of before. One is Identity Chris ...more
Edwin Arnaudin
Jun 30, 2010 Edwin Arnaudin rated it really liked it
Living and having lived in two of the Western NC towns in which Rudolph hid, I found the majority of Lone Wolf to be an electric read. After finishing The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, I was expecting an overly journalistic (read: boring) piece, but was instead fully captivated by the events depicted within, nearly to level of Stieg Larsson's writing. The first 2/3, especially, played out like a thriller, its flames fed by descriptions of sights that I see on a daily basis and folks who, th ...more
Hobart Frolley
Aug 27, 2013 Hobart Frolley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I don't really know how I feel about this book.
It kind of felt like a non-event. After reading about Eric Rudolph for more than 300 pages, we still don't know much about him except that depending on your personal beliefs he is either the world's biggest dirtbag or a folk hero. There is also a sickening sense of reverence shown to Rudolph (in response to allegations that he is a racist, the author speaks of the respect and friendliness that he shows towards his prison guard who is a large person
John Parker
Mar 15, 2009 John Parker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Lone Wolf” should be required reading for those moving into the mountains of southwestern North Carolina. Those who have lived through the droning helicopters, caravans of law enforcement, and the media circus that followed the search for one of America’s most sought after criminals should also pour over the book.

The integrity of the journalism is such that mountain people are viewed in a positive light, but not without a lens that reveals their unique approach to life. Similarly, Eric Robe
Bookmarks Magazine

That Eric Rudolph admired the film version of Maryanne Vollers's book Ghosts of Mississippi perhaps explains why Vollers was the only journalist with whom he corresponded while awaiting trial. On the basis of Rudolph's letters, FBI files, and interviews with his family, this compelling true-crime storydraws a portrait of a "lone-wolf" criminal who, fueled by antiabortion and antihomosexual sentiment, felt compelled to kill. The best parts center on Rudolph; when he disappears, the narrative slow

Aug 22, 2012 Kendra rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
A fascinating true crime story in which the author does a great job of providing the details and answers the readers want to know. The book is well-paced, interesting, and does a decent job of not giving away too much too early in the story. It was an interesting read and the only aspect I disliked was that it was a little anticlimactic toward the end. I would recommend this book for any lover of the true-crime genre.
Marcleitson Leitson
Sep 14, 2012 Marcleitson Leitson rated it liked it
Happen to love that area of western NC, Asheville and Nantahala forests. Do not in any way agree or support what Eric Rudolph did but in taking a long view of the people who populate many of our most remote areas it makes you wonder if the Federal Goverment might do well to spend a bit of time and energy in winning "hearts and minds" here in the US rather than just overseas.
Sep 06, 2007 Coach rated it it was amazing
Unbelievable read. Eric Rudolph survived five years running from the FBI in the North Carolina Mountains after bombing the Olympic Village in Atlanta GA. He also bombed a gay bar and abortion clinic. Interesting, disturbed, misguided, intelligent, resourceful are but a few words that describe Eric Rudolph.
Dax Macgregor
Feb 07, 2012 Dax Macgregor rated it really liked it
I chose this book to study Eric Rudolph's techniques for surviving in the wild for an extended period while evading the FBI. One of my novels strands the main characters in the wilderness and I thought this would be good research material. However, I found myself engrossed in the story and fascinated by Eric's complex character. Great material for a future antagonist.
Nov 25, 2007 Greg rated it really liked it
True story behind the Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph - radical anti-abortionist who commited two more bombings on clinics after the Olympics, then fled the feds for 2+ yrs, hiding in the North Carolina mountains, full on survivalist frontier style. Now locked up in Supermax.
Jun 10, 2007 Eli rated it liked it
An interesting story told in more detail than the narrative warrants; ultimately, Rudolph is emblematic of nothing, and the book quickly runs out of steam
Aug 21, 2007 Leslie rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book. Well-written, in-depth study of a personality. Proper journalism: she doesn't celebrate or denigrate him.
Aug 09, 2016 Lenny rated it it was amazing
Exceptional biography of Eric Rudolph. He was a confused bomber of abortion clinics. He wanted to make a statement against abortion even though he never had any children or even a girlfriend.
Chris Still
Dec 02, 2008 Chris Still rated it really liked it
a really enjoyable read, particularly the parts describing how Rudolph lived in the woods for so long and evaded capture
Jul 16, 2008 Tbone rated it liked it
Good book, well written, very interesting. Good story about the biggest domestic manhut on US soil.
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Nov 13, 2008 Florence rated it really liked it
My fear is that this pyscopath became a folk hero to some people in North Carolina where he hid.
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