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Commemorating the 25th 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 David Thibodeau.

For 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 Texas.

When he first met the man who called himself David Koresh, David Thibodeau was drumming for a rock 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 19, 1993, when the compound was stormed and burnt to the ground after a 51-day standoff.

In 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. Thibodeau is brutally honest about himself, Koresh, and the other members, and the result is a revelatory look at life inside a cult.

But 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 feels like a thriller, with each moment taking us closer to the eventual inferno.

©1999 David Thibodeau (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Thibodeau, one of only four Branch Davidians to live through the Waco disaster and not be sentenced to jail, has produced a surprisingly balanced and honest account of his time as a Branch Davidian. Neither sensationalist nor defensive, this will make satisfying reading for anyone interested in the April 1993 tragedy." ( Kirkus Review)
"A disquieting portrait of a religious community and its enigmatic leader." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"This book gives a rare glimpse of life at Mount Carmel and an account of how that attack contrasts with the 'official' government version. With the renewed interest in this siege, this book is recommended for public libraries." ( School Library Journal)
"An extraordinary account of one of the most shameful episodes in recent American history. I wish that everyone in the country could read this book." (Howard Zinn)

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THANK YOU Dave ..! ENLIGHTENING...

WOW - Great BOOK. !! HARD TO PUT DOWN. WHEN WILL WE STOP CALLING DAVIDIANS A CULT?? THEIR RELOGION HAS OUTLASTED THREE OF ITS ORIGINATORS/ LEADERS. THEY ARE AND WERE A RELIGIOUS CONGREGATION DUE SAME RESPECT AS CATHOLICS, BAPTISTS, AND CHRISTIANS.

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  • Fred
  • Massachusetts
  • 02-12-18

An sides perspective

I listened to this book with an open mind. After all we have heard many things about Waco over the last 25 years and know many things went wrong that lead to way too many deaths, deaths that were avoidable in April 19 1993. This book is written by a member of The Branch Dividians and was at the compound on that fateful day. Too me he tells the story in a candid way that leaves the listener questioning things that happened and why they happened. As a police officer with more than 30 years service with an understanding of how politics and Hubris work within law enforcement agencies can an only hope we all have learned lessons so we never see something this preventable happen again. I say this and I am pro-police and understand decision making can be tough. It worth reading.

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A balanced, objective, yet personal account

I was greatly moved by the facts explained here. I lived in Fort Worth at that time and would drive to Waco to watch. It was frightening to see the fire power amassed by the government against a faith community. Many of us did not believe the narrative provided by the government but never fully received the other side of the story. Until now.

With candor, reflection, honesty, and goodwill, David provides for us a look into his life and the life of the community he joined. Providing not just personal experience but also facts and documentation from the congressional investigations, Independant investigations, he gives a sound logic to the logical conclusion that the government was at fault for the events at Mount Carmel, the communal home to a group of Christians.

David gives us an honest assessment of Koresh and insights into the mind and heart of this religious leader and how his choices affected the lives of his followers.

I can say that in my opinion this book has been long overdue and provides the balance our country needs to fully understand the tragedy in Waco and its implications for our country. In light of recent FBI actions it makes one wonder if the fact they could get away with actions like this in the past, did it lead to rogue agents during this last election.

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Eye opening, great book.

I'm so glad I read this book, I had no idea the true story behind Waco.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-18

Essential reading /listening....

Totally absorbing, totally disturbing and totally contradictory to what we were told by a hysterical media out for blood and the lies of a militarised and incompetent federal agency. I don't agree with some of the core values of The Davidians, but the way there were treated is a massive and illegal travesty.

A dark moment in U.S. history.