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A Place Called Waco A Survivor's Story

Thibodeau, David & Leon Whiteson

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ISBN 10: 1891620428 / ISBN 13: 9781891620423
Editorial: Harpercollins Publisher, 1999
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Presentation inscription on title page. ; 1.3 x 9.2 x 6.5 Inches; When he first met the man who called himself David Koresh, David Thibodeau--who had never been religious in the slightest--was drumming for a rock band that was going nowhere fast. Intrigued, and frustrated by his stalled music career, Thibodeau gradually became a follower and moved to the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. He remained there until April 19, 1993, when the compound was stormed and burnt to the ground, and 74 people were killed. Thibodeau was one of the nine who survived the attack. None of the survivors has ever told the inside story of life--and death--at Mount Carmel. In this book, Thibodeau explores why so many intelligent people came to believe that Koresh was truly divinely inspired. We meet the men, women and children of Mount Carmel, and experience the day-to-day life of the community. Thibodeau is brutally honest--about himself, Koresh and the other members--and provides a revelatory look both at life at Mount Carmel and at one man's spiritual journey. But A Place Called 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, to prove that our own government caused the Waco tragedy--including the fires. The result is a memoir that reads like a thriller--each page taking us closer to the eventual inferno--and a compelling eyewitness account of egregious wrong-doing and cover-up on the part of the U.S. government.; Signed by Author. N° de ref. de la librería 7914

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Título: A Place Called Waco A Survivor's Story

Editorial: Harpercollins Publisher

Año de publicación: 1999

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

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One of nine survivors of the attack on the Branch Davidian compound in 1993 describes how he came to join the religious community and offers an eyewitness account of the tragedy


Anyone fascinated or horrified by the story of the Branch Davidian sect and the storming of their Waco, Texas, compound by law enforcement authorities in April 1993 will want to read David Thibodeau's compelling first-person account. Thibodeau, one of only nine Branch Davidian survivors of the attack (in which 74 people--including several children--were killed), begins by telling readers what brought him to Waco. We meet David Koresh as Thibodeau first met him: a fellow rock musician, an abused child from a troubled family who didn't finish high school and was fond of guns but loved to talk about the Bible. The memoir offers what appears to be an honest portrayal of life among the Branch Davidians, including the sham marriages in which men were expected to be celibate while Koresh had sex with most of the women--and girls as young as 12 years old. Thibodeau strongly denies other charges of child abuse within the community; children were punished and spanked, he says, but not beaten.

The second half of the book details the Branch Davidians' dealings with federal agents. In light of subsequent government admissions, including a partial recantation in 1999 of previous denials that the tear gas used in the assault could have been incendiary, Thibodeau's detailed account of the storming of the compound and the fire that followed is chilling. Why did people follow Koresh? As Thibodeau remembers an early conversation with one of his followers, previously a theology student in England, "He has the answers to my questions." But A Place Called Waco ends with more questions than answers. --Linda Killian

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