A Place Called Waco: A Survivor's Story



[Read] ➲ A Place Called Waco: A Survivor's Story By David Thibodeau – E17streets4all.co.uk Commemorating the th anniversary of the siege at Waco, and a tie in to the upcoming Spike TV mini series, an updated reissue of the critically acclaimed A Place Called Waco by Branch Davidian survivor Commemorating the th anniversary Called Waco: Kindle Ð of the siege at Waco, and a tie in to the upcoming Spike TV mini series, an updated reissue of the critically acclaimed A Place Called Waco by Branch Davidian survivor, David ThibodeauFor the first time ever, a survivor of the Waco massacre tells the inside story of Branch Davidians, David Koresh, and what really happened at the religious compound in TexasWhen he first met the man who called himself David Koresh, David Thibodeau was drumming for a rock A Place PDF/EPUB ² band that was going nowhere fast Intrigued and frustrated with a stalled music career, Thibodeau gradually became a follower and moved to the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas He remained there until April when the compound was stormed and burnt to the ground after aday standoffIn this book, Thibodeau explores why so many people came to believe that Koresh was divinely inspired We meet the men, women, and children of Mt Carmel We get inside the day to day life of the community Place Called Waco: ePUB ☆ Thibodeau is brutally honest about himself, Koresh, and the other members, and the result is a revelatory look at life inside a cultBut Waco is just as brutally honest when it comes to dissecting the actions of the United States government Thibodeau marshals an array of evidence, some of it never previously revealed, and proves conclusively that it was our own government that caused the Waco tragedy, including the fires The result is a memoir that reads like a thriller, with each page taking us closer to the eventual inferno.A Place Called Waco: A Survivor's Story

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader Koresh, and the other members, and the result is a revelatory look at life inside a cultBut Waco is just as brutally honest when it comes to dissecting the actions of the United States government Thibodeau marshals an array of evidence, some of it never previously revealed, and proves conclusively that it was our own government that caused the Waco tragedy, including the fires The result is a memoir that reads like a thriller, with each page taking us closer to the eventual inferno."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • A Place Called Waco: A Survivor's Story
  • David Thibodeau
  • English
  • 04 December 2018
  • 1891620428

10 thoughts on “A Place Called Waco: A Survivor's Story

  1. says:

    Huhhhhhhh This book David Thibodeau had an experience And it was his experience his life, his deal But I can t get over his perspective He glossed over Koresh s criminal activity, I won t accept his position Let me be painfully clear having sex with children IS WRONG MORALLY REPREHENSIBLE Thibodeau was made uncomfortable by Koresh raping children, because god told Koresh to, but doesn t outright condemn it A couple of other points I don t agree with He chafes at the word cult Huhhhhhhh This book David Thibodeau had an experience And it was his experience his life, his deal But I can t get over his perspective He glossed over Koresh s criminal activity, I won t accept his position Let me be painfully clear having sex with children IS WRONG MORALLY REPREHENSIBLE Thibodeau was made uncomfortable by Koresh raping children, because god told Koresh to, but doesn t outright condemn it A couple of other points I don t agree with He chafes at the word cult to describe David Koresh s community And places no blame at Koresh s feet for the violent end, but instead chooses to place full culpability on law enforcement Reading Thibodeau s account enrages me At one point near the end, he wrote Silence is a form of consent Did you hear yourself, Thibodea Koresh was having SEX WITH CHILDREN, you continue to support him his vision How dare you Disgusting And in case there s any question, here s a checklist If your spiritual leader claims to be the only one who can acurrately interpret the Bible, call your dad you re in a cult If your community has a specific date for the end of the world, call your dad you re in a cult.If your community s end of the world date has come gone, call your dad you re in a cult.If your spiritual leader claims to have been given new revelation, call your dad you re in a cult If your spiritual leader is the only one allowed to have sex with all the women, call your dad you re in a cult If your spiritual leader WANTS TO HAVE SEX WITH CHILDREN, STAB HIM IN THE NUTS, THEN CALL YOUR DAD YOU RE IN A CULT Thibodeau displays a huge lack of understanding of the mind of a sociopath the power control they try to wield over people In recounting his time with Koresh, Thibodeau comes across as still under Koresh s influence Thibodeau fails to grasp how someone like Koresh craves control over people, to the point of death which is exactly what occurred in the end When Koresh decided not to surrender, he made sure to take his human possessions with him to death This memoir of Thibodeau s reveals his need for further therapy treatment for the brainwashing he received while in the cult His personality nature was the perfect rube for Koresh s influence.And oh yeah, hey, SEX WITH CHILDREN IS WRONG

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    I have the distinction of having been at Mount Carmel in 1993 during the seige, covering the trial of the Branch Davidian 11 in San Antonio in 1994 and being in Jonestown, Guyana after the massacre there in 1978 I doubt anyone else can truthfully make that claim.Like David Thibodeau in his Waco book, I also wrote about my experiences in Jonestown LINK I found David s work to be muchcompelling than mine I did meet him once, maybe twice, as well as two elderly ladies who survived the seig I have the distinction of having been at Mount Carmel in 1993 during the seige, covering the trial of the Branch Davidian 11 in San Antonio in 1994 and being in Jonestown, Guyana after the massacre there in 1978 I doubt anyone else can truthfully make that claim.Like David Thibodeau in his Waco book, I also wrote about my experiences in Jonestown LINK I found David s work to be muchcompelling than mine I did meet him once, maybe twice, as well as two elderly ladies who survived the seige I found David and Catherine Matteson, who I interviewed at length, to be honest spiritual souls who were totally committed to their beliefs.David s book is a compassionate and passionate account of what I have always believed is the most blatant example of religious persecution of an American religious group since the Mormons were driven from New York to Utah Thank you David Thibodeau Because of your work, the past will not be forgotten

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    Actual rating 3.5 stars.I was asked by a publisher to read review A Place Called Waco A Survivor s Story I wondered why, given that David Thibodeau s memoir was published in 1999 Now I see a TV mini series titled Waco is set to air in January 2018, and suspect the publisher hopes buzz about the show will generate renewed interest in the book In a new afterword to the paperback edition, Thibodeau himself makes the tie in clear, describing his excitement over meeting members of the cast Actual rating 3.5 stars.I was asked by a publisher to read review A Place Called Waco A Survivor s Story I wondered why, given that David Thibodeau s memoir was published in 1999 Now I see a TV mini series titled Waco is set to air in January 2018, and suspect the publisher hopes buzz about the show will generate renewed interest in the book In a new afterword to the paperback edition, Thibodeau himself makes the tie in clear, describing his excitement over meeting members of the cast and production crew.The memoir is well written, though windy and repetitive between the parts readers will come for the sections about cult leader Koresh s sexual infatuation with underaged girls about the initial assault on the Mount Carmel compound by ATF agents about the final siege and assault by the FBI and ATF 50 days later, about the fiery deaths of men, women, and children trapped in the compound with Koresh.Thibodeau was an aspiring rock musician in Los Angeles when he fell in with members of a Christian rock band led by David Koresh He gradually fell under Koresh s sway, and after some dithering found himself a committed member of the cult, living full time at the compound, yet not a member of Koresh s inner circle, the mighty men I wish Thibodeau had madeof an effort to describe Koresh s teachings, which from the bits he does reveal seem to be utter nonsense, as most Revelations based apocalyptic cult preaching is When it comes to Revelations and the End Times, I take my spiritual guidance from a fictional character, Lee Child s Jack Reacher, who in one novel makes the commonsense observation that Revelations has been breathlessly promising the imminent arrival of Armageddon every day for 2,000 years.Was Thibodeau, despite his half hearted denials, an all in member of the cult There s no doubt in this reader s mind with a straight face, Thibodeau recounts Koresh sidekick Steve describing his own background this way I went from England to Hawaii, changed into a heathen, lived a swinging life of booze and broads, partying with the fast crowd, the likes of Pat Boone and Clint Eastwood One feels one is inside the addled mind of Jack Chick, reading something like that Cultists mimic normal humans, but there s always a tell to let us know they re from an alternate universe Pat Boone Thibodeau is honest enough to question some of what he thought he knew about Koresh He drops hints of Koresh s perfidy here and there while simultaneously downplaying them, but my impression is that Thibodeau, afterward, came to see Koresh for what he obviously was, a charlatan who frightened willing believers with tales of mystical Seals, Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and the cleansing fires of God s wrath but mainly a creep who perved on pre teen girls.Even if your motivation for reading this memoir is hatred of the jack booted thugs of the ATF and FBI and their murderous assaults on Koresh s compound, you cannot avoid concluding that Koresh was guilty on many counts, from bedding ten and eleven year old girls and cracking jokes with insiders about the tightness of their vaginas, to claiming God told him in a vision only he was allowed to have sex with Branch Davidian women including the wives of married couples , to amassing an arsenal of semi automatic and automatic weapons, to browbeating his band of believers into staying with him to the fiery end, to murder and worse.Take this for what it s worth in the last chapter Thibodeau recounts congressional testimony from a 14 year old girl who was 10 when Koresh first had sex with her, who went on to repeat Koresh s crude remark about another pre teen girl s vagina While Thibodeau is honest enough to include this damning information, he immediately backpedals by casting doubt upon the girl s credibility I wonder if he s been following the news lately, and if he has, whether he thinks the women recounting their experiences with Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore are lying as well That is where I lost what little sympathy I had for David Thibodeau.Of course there s a solid link between the disastrous federal assaults on civilians at Ruby Ridge and Waco, and the growth of domestic right wing militia terrorism, starting just two years after Waco with Timothy McVeigh s bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, all the way to the Bundy militia today Thibodeau forthrightly discusses the link in his memoir, detailing as well his own post Waco involvement with the movement as a speaker at militia and survivalist rallies.If you bring prejudices to the book you will leave with them intact, as I did I guess I m glad I read Thibodeau s memoir I didn t learn much I didn t already know, but I better understand my own conflicted view of federal authority now that I know the details of what the ATF and FBI did to women and children at Waco Nevertheless, I remain repelled by cultists of any stripe, particularly end times hucksters and the people who believe them There is something wrong with their brains.A final note I read the Kindle edition, a digitized version of the original paperback plus the author srecent afterword As is too often the case, the Kindle edition is loaded with formatting errors, but still readable

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    I have read numerous memoirs of cult survivors, but I have never had such a negative reaction to an author By the time I finshed this novel, I wanted to slap Thibodeau repeatedly I had to constantly remind myself that he is a cult victim and has gone through extensive conditioning and was probably never properly deprogrammed Even though to a certain extent it is probably the lingering effects of his time in Waco, in his book Thibodeau comes across as shockingly ignorant at best and complic I have read numerous memoirs of cult survivors, but I have never had such a negative reaction to an author By the time I finshed this novel, I wanted to slap Thibodeau repeatedly I had to constantly remind myself that he is a cult victim and has gone through extensive conditioning and was probably never properly deprogrammed Even though to a certain extent it is probably the lingering effects of his time in Waco, in his book Thibodeau comes across as shockingly ignorant at best and complicit and enabling at worst I might be able to muster up sympathy for him at the end of the day because he has been through a horrific ideal, but this book is incredibly misguided.My biggest frustration with this book, and by extension the author, is Thibodeau s continued admiration of David Koresh Despite admitting the fact that Koresh committed statuatory rape, Thibodeau continues to praise Koresh as a great spiritual leader To me, going to a child molestor to explain spiritual enlightenment is not unlike going to a murderer and asking them to explain the value of human life Thibodeau consistently insists that Mount Carmel was a religious community and not a cult but his ignorant defense of Koresh only convinces me that yes, he was in fact a member of a cult One of the most infuriating aspects of this book is Thibodeau s incredibly narrow definition of child abuse Judging by what he wrote in this book, Thibodeau only views physical hitting or striking as child abuse He readily admits that Koresh had sex with underage children all while rather stupidly insisting that all of the abuse allegations were unfounded Statutory rape IS child abuse, a particularly cruel and heinous form of child abuse Minors are not capable of consent Therefore, any sexual contact with a minor is considered rape even if they were married or appeared to consent To be fair, he does mention that Koresh s child brides made him uncomfortable, but he never outright condemns Koresh for the abuse In fact, he seemsupset over the fact that Koresh s abuse caught the attention of law enforcement than the fact that Koresh severely harmed the cult s most vulnerable victims, the children he claims to care so much about He continues to insist that the governments child abuse claims were unfounded but this is clearly inaccurate by his own admission In addition to heaping an unreasonable amount of praise on a clearly questionable leader, Thibodeau consistently dismisses the accusations of numerous women and children, including a fourteen year old girl who testifies against Koresh His rather feeble response is always along the lines of I never saw him do that I know him he wouldn t do that This does not hold water I m not sure if he was aware of it, but numerous children, including Koresh s own biological children have since come forward and claimed that physical and sexual abuse was common place and the adults of Mount Carmel were aware of it if not willing participants In interviews since, Kiri Jewell claimed that her own mother took her to a motel to have sex with Koresh Sky Okimoto, Koresh s son, claimed that his mother hit him with the Helper paddle until he bled The same paddle that Thibodeau insists was only used for light spankings to discipline the children According to these same children, they were also subject to emotional abuse in the form of intense marathon Bible sessions that included terrifying descriptions of armageddon, being trained from a young age to fight and be prepared to die for or have sex with Koresh, a constant paranoia of the outside world, no real education, and being forced to live in horrific living conditions I first suspected that I was not going to like this book, when Thibodeau described an underground bus as a tornado shelter without any sort awareness that this not a safe place to take shelter At first I thought that maybe, his statements were the results of the book originally being published so quickly after the initial events of the siege it was originally published in 1996, a mere six years after the events at Waco However, the version that I read was re released before the Waco mini series based on the events was released The series was based on this book and incidentally critically panned largely because it was found to be sympathetic to Koresh and Thibodeau provided an additional epilogue that was painfully tone deaf Thibodeau assures the surviving children of Waco that he will always be there for them and that they were loved These are the same children that he discredited in the previous chapter The same children who were abused by his beloved spiritual mentor The fact that he doesn t seem to grasp this disconnect just proves to me that he was completely conditioned and needs to seek help In addition to his problematic views on child abuse, Thibodeau offers a pretty weak explanation for other highly suspicious activities that took place on the compound He insists that the majority of the firearms on the compound were sold to provide funds for the community My initial reaction to that was to groan outloud and exclaim COME ON Of all the ways to fund a community, why on earth would you choose such an unpredictable method of earning money Not to mention the monumental risk of having that many firearms around children Like other claims Thibodeau makes in the book, this claim has beenor less disproved In 2018, a former UPS delivery man revealed that he went to the Waco sheriff after accidentally discovering that a package that he was going to deliver to the compound was filled with hand grenades In the US, it has been illegal for civilians to own hand grenades since 1968 He also discovered that he unknowingly delivered grenade launchers, AK 47s, AR 15s, and magazines If this is true, the ATF would have been within their jurisdiction to inspect the compound, despite the fact that Thibodeau insists that they overstepped their authority Besides the weak explanation of the guns, Thibodeau does not seem to find Koresh s no has sex but me and I can pick whoever I want regardless of their age or marital status rule unreasonable or suspicious He spends a significant amount of time complaining about his lack of a sex lifetime than he spends worrying about the child brides and without any real concern about who might be harmed by this practice I might add , but seems to suggest that this was spiritually good for all of them His involvement with Thibodeau also dramatically altered his physical appearance he claimed to like his emaciated frame and led to him abandoning his love of music Thibodeau insists that he has strong instincts, but the fact that he seems unaware of how deeply he was controlled by Koresh.Despite the fact that Thibodeau and Clive Doyle I have read his memoirs as well have praised Koresh s spirual guidance, both are mum on the specifics of their belief system Whether this is because it has some questionable morals that they do not want the public to know or if there just wasn t much of an established system, I honestly don t know From what I read, Koreshor less infiltrated the Branch Davidians group that was settled in the area and combined it with elements from both Christianity Biblical preaching and Judaism celebrating passover Thibodeau consistently claims that the group was persecuted for their religious beliefs, but never outlies what those beliefs are It seems very non sequitar Apart from the acceptance of child brides there was very little objection to any religious beliefs or their communal living situation The only reason that this book gets two stars instead of one is because despite the infurating justification throughout the book, Thibodeau does present a few valid points about the siege The government did a horrific job of addressing the situation Koresh was a monster, but the majority of the victims were innocent and the ATF did not conduct the negotiation with the delicacy needed to help cult victims The excessive violence and cruel siege tactics that of the ATF was out of line, especially with so many children on the premise The media was also a bit hasty to condemn the entire compound without really acknowledging that they too were victims of cruelty Unfortunately, I don t think we will ever get a conclusive account of what actually occurred for a very tragic reason The people most affected by Koresh s abuse probably died in the fire and were victims of both Koresh AND the mishandled siege Nine adults survived the blast and the two written accounts that I know of were written by Koresh s Mighty Men members of Koresh s inner circle Both accounts seem particularly biased and unwilling to address certain topics and present a very skewed perspective The most charitable I can be for Thibodeau is to give him the benefit of the doubt He is despite my intense frustration at him a victim as well Even as I reread my review and realized how much of my frustration leaked out, I can at least acknowledge that he might have been unaware of some of the abuse or is still so conditioned to defend Koresh that he can t help himself Waco was a terrible tragedy thanks to some horrific mishandling of both parties It s important to remember this horrific event and its victims and learn from it so that it can never happen again I just wish that the victims had areliable speaker

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    David Thibodeau was a young LA musician when a chance meeting with the charismatic David Koresh led to his involvement with the Branch Davidian community outside Waco, Texas This book is a well written, articulate account of his life within that community and the events leading to the tragic 1993 inferno that claimed the lives of all but nine of the members Thibodeau honors his community by putting a human face on a group of people who have been badly demonized by the media The author does a David Thibodeau was a young LA musician when a chance meeting with the charismatic David Koresh led to his involvement with the Branch Davidian community outside Waco, Texas This book is a well written, articulate account of his life within that community and the events leading to the tragic 1993 inferno that claimed the lives of all but nine of the members Thibodeau honors his community by putting a human face on a group of people who have been badly demonized by the media The author does a decent job of explaining the group s appeal, but he is also unflinchingly honest in his descriptions the darker sides of the group He appears, however, to remain a true believer in his path While he does address the discomfort he felt that Koresh chose to engage in such behaviors as having sex with underage girls in the community, he falls short of asking the hard questions that observing such behavior in a spiritual leader should require someone to ask.It s easy to get distracted from those tougher questions, however, by the chilling depiction of the government siege against the Branch Davidians While it was clear that Koresh himself had broken some laws, it is equally clear from this account that the government s heavy handed approach to the situation contributed to the horrific deaths of many people who were entirely innocent of any crime other than believing in something unorthodox Thibodeau s account of the facts surrounding the siege, the fire, and the resulting investigation is deeply, deeply disturbing, and is crucial reading for anyone who is concerned about the state of civil rights in the US

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    There s probably a really good in depth survivor s insight story about the Branch Davidian slaughter in their communal home in Waco, Texas, but this isn t it.Waaaaaaay to much ink devoted to the author s life as a bad ass rock n roll vagabond drummer, his rich and marvelous sex life and the GREAT pain he endured when giving up the ladies for The Cause did he never realize that controlling the women s sexuality in any group is how leaders consolidate and maintain power He provides chronological There s probably a really good in depth survivor s insight story about the Branch Davidian slaughter in their communal home in Waco, Texas, but this isn t it.Waaaaaaay to much ink devoted to the author s life as a bad ass rock n roll vagabond drummer, his rich and marvelous sex life and the GREAT pain he endured when giving up the ladies for The Cause did he never realize that controlling the women s sexuality in any group is how leaders consolidate and maintain power He provides chronologically clumsy timelines of the Siege, bouncing back and forth between what Washington ordered vs what the FBI ATF actually did and never once explains WHY the Davidians, namely their leader, didn t arrange to speakcogently and clearly to the powers that be, nor invite them in for inspection Never once did he touch on Koresch s burgeoning paranoia and how he walked himself into the Fed s greatest script I ve wasted far too much time on this awkward, poorly edited book I m done writing thinking about it

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    I began listening to this on my way to a Ligonier dinner for ministry partners in Dallas Kara and I had just taken a Waco tour the previous weekend May 19, 2018 We are leaving Waco at the end of July, and since I did not read up on this Waco event before we moved here, I thought I d look into it before we left It s a fascinating possibility that Waco is now knownfor Chip and Joanna Gaines than for the Waco Siege.The Mount Carmel Center is not in Waco It s about a 15 minute drive east I began listening to this on my way to a Ligonier dinner for ministry partners in Dallas Kara and I had just taken a Waco tour the previous weekend May 19, 2018 We are leaving Waco at the end of July, and since I did not read up on this Waco event before we moved here, I thought I d look into it before we left It s a fascinating possibility that Waco is now knownfor Chip and Joanna Gaines than for the Waco Siege.The Mount Carmel Center is not in Waco It s about a 15 minute drive east of Baylor The initial raid on Feb 28, 1993, led to the death of several agents, plus some of the Branch Davidians The siege lasted 51 days and ended on April 19 with the fiery deaths ofthan 70 people, including 18 children age 10 or younger Interestingly, the plot of Homer s Iliad covers 51 days I took our three girls to visit on June 6, 2018.Koresh Cyrus Cyrus is called messiah in Isaiah 45 1, and he allowed Israelites to return to the homeland from Babylon and rebuild their temple David thought of himself as a second Melchizedek 2,000 years after Christ first Melchizedek was 2,000 years before Christ 48 David s teaching included lots of study sessions of misinterpreting Revelation the seven seals had particular significance 48 49.The beginning of the book includes almost too much of the author s backstory, but it does provide rationale for his decision to join the Branch Davidians Toward the end of Chapter 2, he writes, Looking back, I ask myself a tough question that never quite occurred to me with any clarity during the early days of my connection with David, perhaps because I was so young and so unconscious How could someone like me, who d shown little previous interest in belief or Scripture, who had almost no religious background, later become so entranced by the Biblepar break The key was David Koresh himself He first touched me as a fellow musician and a warm friend, and I was taken by his deep sincerity and natural authority I soon realized that he was an extraordinary personality, but his unique interpretation of the Old and New Testaments only gradually came to fascinate me, when the music and the man had already opened my mind and heart 23 Reminds me of the first sentence of Milton s First Prolusion.From Chapter 4 As a teacher, David s style was all his own He was not charismatic in the manner of a Jim Jones or some television preachers Neither was he formal or dignified, like a robed priest or a rabbi in his prayer shawl In fact, his whole style was a kind of debunking of such expectations He spoke fluently but he was never preachy, which for me would ve been an instant turnoff 49 In his teaching mode, David Koresh was a Texas good ol boy transformed by the spirit 49 50.The actions of the ATF were condemned by other professionals, and some people involved were suspended or fired Colonel Charlie Beckwith damned the assault on several counts and criticized the agency for its failure to consider the risk to human life on both sides for the lack of a contingency fallback when the ATF discovered it had lost the element of surprise for the time chosen for the attack after 9 00 A.M., rather than at night or sunrise 190 Beckwith said, Every principle involved in mounting and conducting a successful raid assault operation was violated 190.From Chapter 16 When the FBI mounted the final assault, just before the building burst into flames, one of the combat engineering vehicles broke into the cafeteria Despite the fact thatthan thirty women and children were crowded into the narrow concrete chamber at the base of the residential tower, the tank crashed into the ceiling, shoving chunks of broken concrete onto the people bundled below Six women and kids were immediately crushed by falling blocks the rest were suffocated by the dust and gas vapors as the tank injected massive doses of CS directly into their windowless, unventilated shelter The charred corpse of one six year old girl was found with her spine bent into a backward bow until her head almost touched her feet Her muscles were contracted by the combined effect of the fire s heat and the cyanide in her body, a byproduct of CS suffocation Cyanide contraction is so violent it can 276 break bones, which is why prison death chamber officials who use the gas strap their victims down 275 76.According to the coroner, David Koresh died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head 276 , but the author writes that the mass suicide line was a crock If any of the people who died shot themselves or their children, it was a desperate response to finding themselves trapped in the gas filled, crumbling, burning building As Dr Crow, the Tarrant County coroner, concluded, these would surely have been acts of compassion, not religious mania 291.While David Koresh was involved in some very deviant behavior including polygamy and statutory rape, and unsubstantiated claims of weapons stockpiling and child abuse , it s not clear that the religious actions of the community warranted a brutal military assault by the FBI and ATF The author credits the Texas Rangers with being muchfair minded in their attempt to get at the truth 274 I did not begin reading this book with this opinion, but my knowledge of the situation was admittedly sketchy.In early 2018, a six episode miniseries appeared now available on Netflix According to the author, until 2018, the only movie documentary of the events in Waco that wasn t crap was The Rules of Engagement Wikipedia Other media include In the Line of Duty movie with factual errors that valorizes the officers that died on Feb 28 , The Big Lie Part 2 here , and ABC s Truth and Lies Short History Channel video here Megyn Kelly talks with Thibodeau in 2018 Seemedia here.Ruby Ridge occurred in 1992, and both it and the Waco siege motivated Timothy McVeigh in his bombing in 1995, which occurred on the two year anniversary of the explosion at Mt Carmel

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    If the truth is to be known, I m not the biggest lover of non fiction books I read so many academic books and journal articles that I find I much prefer the escapism offered up by fiction reads I m not too picky about the genre within fiction, obviously I have favourites but I do read around, but I almost always pick up fiction over non fiction There are exceptions, of course When a book covers an interesting topic I m willing to give the book a try.Waco A Survivor s Story caught my interes If the truth is to be known, I m not the biggest lover of non fiction books I read so many academic books and journal articles that I find I much prefer the escapism offered up by fiction reads I m not too picky about the genre within fiction, obviously I have favourites but I do read around, but I almost always pick up fiction over non fiction There are exceptions, of course When a book covers an interesting topic I m willing to give the book a try.Waco A Survivor s Story caught my interest as I knew almost nothing about the event It s American history before my time, therefore my knowledge is not up to the level I would like it to be British history I can do much better with, but I have a lot of blanks in my American history Thus, I wasthan willing to dive into the book and find out .Waco A Survivor s Story was a very informative read, giving me muchinformation on the event than I originally had I would not call myself an expert in the event, even after reading the book, but I do knowthan I did before Moreover, being told from the perspective of a survivor of the event gives readers a very different insight into what happen It s not just the actual event this story covers, it also includes information both before and after what happened, providing a much bigger picture of all that occurred and how things came together.Without a doubt, this was an interesting read Anyone interested in American history should give this book a read, and then go on to watch the mini series that is being created, to get a better understanding of the event

  9. says:

    Interesting book on the Waco Siege, but it really only gives the opinion of one man, so it s difficult to see how the event affected everyone involved.

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    The level of this author s denial, justification, and moral mitigation is astounding I have never read a cult survivor book in which the member continues to drink the kool aid while extolling the virtues of artificial colors between gulps This book reads as an advertisement to Koresh s legitimacy by choosing to obfuscate reality in order to make the government the Bad Guy It s this simplistic and reductive frame of mind that creates cults in the first place I gave this book 125 pages worth The level of this author s denial, justification, and moral mitigation is astounding I have never read a cult survivor book in which the member continues to drink the kool aid while extolling the virtues of artificial colors between gulps This book reads as an advertisement to Koresh s legitimacy by choosing to obfuscate reality in order to make the government the Bad Guy It s this simplistic and reductive frame of mind that creates cults in the first place I gave this book 125 pages worth of my time I m not picking up what this guy s putting down and besides, he writes like a total chode I couldn t stomach the whitewashing Truly sickening

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