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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815605027
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Series: Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,098,273
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2007

    They're all wrong!

    I read this book in hopes of confirming my susspicions of Bill Clinton and his evil ways. The book did not delve into Clinton's ruthlessness but did make mention of my suspicions on page 122 when Reives talked about Clinton wanting to pass a new wave of gun controls only months afterwards. I felt that it was ironic that this event occurred just in time for the gun control to be presented. Clinton probably thought that when he arrested the whacos from waco he would show the country that these were 'dangerous' people and that we need to take everyones guns away in order to have a safe country 'Just like Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union'. My suspicions, I believe, were validated when Hillary tried to pass her communist health care program. The same thing happened. They sued most of the major health care laboratories in order to 'prove that our health care is corrupt' and then got on tv and tried to sell us socialism. So even though I think that Vernon Howell 'David Koresh' was the leader of an evil cult, I still disagree with what the government did by attacking a group that had no former weapons charges and was not known to be dangerous. They could have planned this much better and saved a lot of lives. So in conclusion I think that they were both wrong. David Koresh was just another sex addict taking advantage of his flock and the government was wrong for their beligerant attack on American citizens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2002

    Amazing!!!!!!!

    This book is truly very exhilirating. You will find out about lot's of things that you didn't know about WACO. It is one of the best books i have ever layed eyes on

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