Ronald J. Watkins

Ronald J. Watkins

Ronald J. Watkins has written more than 30 books. These include Birthright, an account of the family that owns U-Haul and of the murder of Eva Shoen, plus Evil Intentions and Against Her Will, true accounts of murder. He is currently co-author of the Summit Murder Series which includes Murder on Everest. He is founder and managing writer of Watkins & Associates. He has appeared on Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice, PrimeTime! with Tom Brokow and Katie Couric, Under Scrutiny with Jane Wallace and Geraldo with Geraldo Rivera. Between 1993 and 1995 he resisted a subpoena served on him to compel he name his sources in researching Birthright. A Federal judge twice held him in contempt and ordering him jailed for refusing. Both times the orders were appealed and resulted in case law which upheld his right, and those of other writers, to withhold such names. He has been reviewed in all major publications which include The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, to name just a few. His book, Unknown Seas, a history of the Portuguese discoveries and the first European voyage to India by Vasco da Gama, received enthusiastic reviews. The Scotsman called it "a gripping adventure narrative". The Naval Review referred to it as "stirring stuff" and "a fine read" while The Guardian called it "fascinating". He authored a chapter on Vasco da Gama for The Great Explorers, published by Thames & Hudson in the United Kingdom in 2010. He lives in the Sonoran desert outside Phoenix, Arizona.
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