The Ashes of Waco: An Investigation

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Syracuse University Press, 1998 - History - 320 pages
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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.
  

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Review: The Ashes of Waco: An Investigation

User Review  - Justin Espe - Goodreads

Author Dick J. Reavis wrote the The Ashes of Waco because he initially wrote a newspaper article for the Dallas Observer. He wanted to write more but the company wouldn't let him. So, he secured a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jean Darroch - Goodreads

For me there was to much religion in the book it seemed that was were they focused and not the event. Read full review

Contents

Mr Retardo
23
Showtime
31
Enter the Press
39
The Bible House
44
The Third Angels Message
51
The Bulgarian and the Goddess
58
The Flatfoot
66
Poor George
74
Up on the Roof and Down in the Gym
151
The Front Line
156
The Second Floor
162
The Element of Surprise
177
The Second Shooting
190
Talks
200
The Suicide Pact
215
Milk and Other Hassles
221

The SemiLiterate Messiah
83
Merlin the Messiah
87
Gods Flying Machines
93
The Seven Seals
102
Winning in the Bedroom
111
The Governments Flying Machines
120
Dogs and Doors
137
Myths at the Door
143
Allies
236
The Psywar
258
DDay
267
Justice
278
A Note on Published Sources
301
Index
305
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Dick J. Reavis is a former staff writer at"Texas Monthly". He has written about motorcycle gangs, undocumented immigrants, guerrillas, convicts, coal miners, security guards, and bankers for publications as diverse as "Soldier of Fortune" and "The Wall Street Journal". He is a professor in the English Department at North Carolina State University.

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