The Ashes of Waco: An Investigation

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Syracuse University Press, 1998 - History - 320 pages
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Examined from both sides - the Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the FBI on one hand, and David Koresh and his followers on the other - this text focuses on the events at Mt. Carmel, near Waco Texas. Dick J. Reavis contends 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 drugs allegations, and about the child abuse. The FBI was duplicitous and negligent in gassing Mt. Carmel - and that alone could have started the fire that killed 76 people.
  

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Although the book was a little confusing with some jumping around and in the end there is still no definitive answer to"whodunit", it was a very good book. I thought it was fairly unbiased and I was ... Read full review

Review: The Ashes of Waco: An Investigation

User Review  - Goodreads

Although the book was a little confusing with some jumping around and in the end there is still no definitive answer to"whodunit", it was a very good book. I thought it was fairly unbiased and I was ... 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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