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    The basis of the celebrated Paramount Network miniseries starring Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch - Waco is the critically acclaimed, first person account of the siege by Branch Davidian survivor, David Thibodeau. 

    Twenty-five years ago, the FBI staged a deadly raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. David Thibodeau survived to tell the story.  

    When he first met the man who called himself David Koresh, David Thibodeau was a drummer in a local a rock band. Though he had never been religious in the slightest, Thibodeau gradually became a follower and moved to the Branch Davidian compound in Waco. He remained there until April 19, 1993, when the compound was stormed and burned to the ground after a 51-day standoff with government authorities. 

    In this compelling account - now with an updated epilogue that revisits remaining survivors - 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. We also understand Thibodeau's brutally honest assessment of the United States government's actions. The result is a memoir that sounds like a thriller, with each minute taking us closer to the eventual inferno. 

    ©1999 David Thibodeau (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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    "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 Reviews)

    "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)

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    • Fred
    • 12/02/2018

    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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    • Canners
    • 13/06/2020

    charismatic sexual predator+FBI gross misconduct=?

    I really hate this book. i finished it but to be honest all it did was make me sad. The author seems stuck in a perpetual state of brainwashed. I dont doubt that he would have grown out of it had he been given the chance, but the fbi, through a mixture of sheer incompetence and/or spite saw to it that that would never happen. See what I did there? The loaded language when referring to the FBI? if you decide to read this book then expect alot of that. Things like saying the FBI did something diabolically, or "...the negotiator lied." instead of "...the negotiator said." its abudantly clear the author has a strong bias. This is fair given what he went through at the hands of the FBI. But what isnt fair is the horrible way he deals with koresh's sexual behavior with his many young (and I truly cant stress that word enough) "wives". As a Christian I am very familiar with the prefix "God told me to..." but as a rational human being I know that if that is followed by "...take an eleven year old to be your bride" you aren't dealing with a prophet you are dealing with a pedophile. While this seems prerequisite for a 20th century brain, it appears to be a missed memo for the folks down at Mount Carmel. I would really only recommend this book as case study into the mind of a cult member. A long, depressing, slightly nauseating, and incredibly biased look. if you came here for a book about the FBI's misconduct I would recommend stalling for time: my life an FBI hostage negotiator.

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    • kerri goobs
    • 16/04/2018

    Breathtaking!

    What did you love best about Waco?

    This book, while long, is a very informative and comprehensive narrative from one of the survivors...The recent mini series peaked my interest in reading a book from a survivor's account and this book did not disappoint. I actually enjoyed the entire 13 + hours and looked forward to picking up where I left off.

    What other book might you compare Waco to and why?

    Autobiography.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the epilogue, that was read by the author.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book! I have been captivated by this story and was hungry to learn more.

    Any additional comments?

    Thank you, David Thibodeau!!! Brilliant! Although I still have questions, I really think this narrative captured what life was really like in Waco, despite what the media wants us to think. Bravo!

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    • Barrett Francescatti
    • 01/05/2018

    Interesting and Informative, 25 Years Have Passed, Still Unfortunately More Shockingly Relevant Today!

    I think this book is most eye-opening because it is a 25-year-old example of the abuse and miss use of government power In the United States. Furthermore, it also is a relevant illustration of how our criminal legal system is politicized. This is further complicated by the fact that the jury verdicts in criminal cases are rarely if ever about justice. Finally, in the context of what is going on today with regard to the issue of the use and the abuse of government power in the United States. I think the book is most relevant indeed. I cannot honestly say we have learned anything from the tragedy that occurred in Waco. As the book illustrates this is specifically but not exclusively true with regard to the federal government’s conduct, contrasted against the American people’s failure as citizens to hold our government accountable, for it’s misdeeds, poor reckless judgment, and it’s criminal conduct. This should concern every loyal American, because the American government is a government based on the principle that the government is constructed of, for, and by the people it is responsible for governing, the American people. In the United States our rights are given by God not the United States government and it is the American people who are sovereign and thus ultimately hold the power not only in the government but also above it as well. The government of the United States in all it’s forms and actions is ultimately answerable to the people of the United States. The average American citizen. This important and vital point is well made in this book. It is one of the reasons this book is a must read.

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    • Jonagold
    • 29/03/2018

    Excuses for a Pedophile

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The author was there and shared his personal experiences, and I don't doubt that he wrote this as he remembered events. However, he seemed to give David Koresh a pass on having sex with underage girls.He even mentioned that one girl- with whom Koresh had sex starting when the girl was TWELVE, and who had his child at FOURTEEN- seemed fine in spite of the statutory rape and adolescent motherhood. How could he possibly know such a thing? And for all the religious freedoms that the author feels were infringed upon by the government, there is no denying that crimes were committed against any underage child who could not legally consent to sexual relations with Koresh. As for the parents giving permission for their daughters to "marry" Koresh, and the married couples agreeing to no longer have sex with one another, but the wives could have sex only with Koresh- umm, and the author says this was NOT a cult? I think he has a wacko hangover.

    Any additional comments?

    I would love to read an objective account of this story, and am wondering if there is one which accurately tells it.

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    • Creagan Pearson
    • 19/08/2020

    Needless Death

    This book is written from the perspective of a survivor of the Waco massacre.
    I don't understand other reviews saying this book about a pedophile apologist. David Koresh was guilty of statutory rape. The author argues so.
    The bigger question is why didn't the ATF grab Koresh while he was out alone?
    All those people were murdered for a botched publicity stunt.

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    • readaholic
    • 03/08/2020

    Not sure what to think.

    David Thibodeau went through hell, and there’s no getting around that. However, he presents David Koresh as a god like figure who never did anything wrong, aside from raping a 12-year-old girl and calling her his wife. Otherwise, hey! What possibly be the problem? He conveniently ignores tape recordings of his own people talking about setting the fire that killed so many. Instead, he only blames the ignition of teargas as what killed everybody. The narrator was very annoying and exaggerated to the point of sounding both Condescending and unbelievable. Still, it is a horrible and fascinating story .

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    • Tre
    • 19/05/2018

    incredible!

    This is an incredible story and a very well written and narrated one. I enjoyed it very much and encourage others to read it / listen to it.

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    • Ct
    • 08/03/2018

    interesting

    Such a tragic story. So glad there are now 2 sides to this story now out there.

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    • Steve
    • 28/04/2018

    A story that needed to be told!!!

    It’s sad that events like this get pushed aside and forgotten due to the government over reaching and political gains. This and others need to be shared and discussed more often as we are so often blinded by media and social pressures to lean one way or another. You have to search for truths and answers. There are alway two sides to a story. I am thankful David was able to share this. Imagine if he hadn’t survived to tell this tell would we every truly know about the community and the people lost at Mt. Carmel?

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