The Ashes of Waco

The Ashes of Waco

An Investigation

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
Investigation of the raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas in 1993, which resulted in the deaths of over seventy people including leader David Koresh, arguing that the government's actions were more the result of religious prejudice than ofany suspicion of illegal activity on the part of the group.

Blackwell North Amer
This is the story the daily press didn't give us, the definitive book about what happened at Mt. Carmel, near Waco, Texas, examined from both sides - the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the FBI on one hand, and David Koresh and his followers on the other. Dick J. Reavis points out that the government had little reason to investigate Koresh and even less to raid the compound at Mt. Carmel. The government lied to the public about most of what happened - about who fired the first shots, about drug allegations, about child abuse. The FBI was duplicitous and negligent in gassing Mt. Carmel - and that alone could have started the fire that killed seventy-six people.
Drawing on interviews with survivors of Koresh's movement (which dates back to 1935, long before Koresh was born), on published accounts, on trial transcripts, on esoteric religious tracts and audiotapes that tell us who Koresh was and why people followed him, and most of all on secret documents that the government has not released to the public yet, Reavis has uncovered the real story from beginning to end, including the trial that followed.

& Taylor

Looks at the history of the Branch Davidian sect, offers a brief profile of David Koresh, and criticizes both the federal government and the press in their handling of the incident

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1995
ISBN: 9780684811321
Characteristics: 320 p. : ill., plans ; 25 cm


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how sad it all was, this and ruby ridge. but is it enough to bemoan 'a dark period of our history?' that Koresh predicted the fiery end during a negotiation call with the fbi is more than simply ironic. if someone is out to do you harm then they're not likely to pass up opportunity, even if the inspiration comes from yer own lips. (in other words, it was your idea, your prediction) something similar happened to John Lennon. in the interview conducted in Playboy magazine that was on the newsstands while he bled his life out onto the New York sidewalk, he said, "I can never understand why those who go on and on about peace, are the ones who get shot." Now you or I reading that wouldn't be inspired to gun the man down, but chapman, might have been so inspired. it's moreover depressing to realize that the government run by Bill Clinton perpetrated this horrific holocaust on innocent women and children. the atf were using Bradley tanks to start the fires that burned the whole complex down. later they said they were opening up escape routes for the women to run out of. and only introducing tear gas into the compound, not fire itself. the judge who presided over the trial of several survivors, overturned the jury's findings, and gave an average of 30 years in prison, to each defendant. there aren't any photographs in this book. there don't need to be. and to think that Hilary had the balls to run on her husband's record, and with him campaigning for her. he was quoted, while president: "the Branch Davidians murdered each other."

Apr 04, 2017

This book does a solid job detailing one of the darker chapters in American history.

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