Waco: A Survivor's Story
A Story Of Joining the Mount Carmel Compound In Waco, Texas
And Surviving The Attack
The author, David Thibodeau, is one of the few survivors of the raid in Waco, Texas, on April 19, 1993. Thibodeau shares his story regarding why he joined the community led by David Koresh and what went on inside the compound, some things good, some extremely objectionable. I felt the author gave a very fair view of both sides. His last chapter in the book addresses things from both sides that might have made a huge difference in the outcome of the attack.
Pros: My rating of this book has nothing to do with what I think of the Davidian teachings, it is solely on this book. The book gave me a better view of what happened in and outside of Waco during that time period. Though non-fiction rarely finds its way to the top of my books to read, I'm glad this book made it there since I didn't follow the happenings at Waco too much at the time of the raid.
This is a quote by Rob Cline, a correspondent for the Gazette, January 8, 2018, that sums it up:
“Waco: A Survivor’s Story is a fascinating look at a community that was brutally (and needlessly) destroyed for the sins — both real and imagined — of its leader.”
Published by Hachette Books (January 2, 2018)