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Ashes of Waco: An Investigation Paperback – April 1, 1998
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Perhaps the aspect of this book that I like the most is its even handedness. Many people seem to have a sense that a useful lie is often better than an inconvenient truth. To them making your case is what's important, and getting at the facts is secondary. Dick Reavis clearly rejects this and believes in bringing forth the truth, even when it does not support his own sympathies. I find this very refreshing. He covers both the seamy side of David Koresh, and the evidence of both illegal and immoral activity on the part of the Davidians and of law enforcement officials. Where evidence is inconclusive or conflicts with other evidence he lets us know what evidence there is, and lets us decide.
Perhaps more importantly than the catalog of events this book also gives us a look at the Davidians as people. It tries to tell us who these people were. We are presented information about life in Mt. Carmel, how they lived and how they viewed the world. This is at least as interesting as the presentation of the facts.
I do have some criticisms of this book. For one this book does have a tendency to waste its already too few pages on what amounts to side issues that seem to me irrelevant to an understanding of what happened at Waco.Read more ›
Now, if you are pro-ATF/FBI then you will not like this book. The author does have a decidedly pro-Davidian bias to his writing so it is not an evenhanded version of the story but it stops short of being an ultra-right wing diatribe. It is what I believe to be basically the truth concerning the matter and that is that despite the technicalities of the alleged wrongdoing of the Davidians the government grossly overstepped its authority and trampled the Constitution that they are sworn to uphold in order to get their way.
The real issues here are not whether the Davidians broke some relatively minor firearms law or even whether they committed suicide by setting the fire that killed them or whether the government set the fire accidentally or deliberately. It is about a government that has a warped sense of what's right and basically makes war on its own citizens in order to prove that it is in control. It is about the frightening trend of our government to think of themselves as our rulers and above the law that they are sworn to uphold and it is certainly a chilling realization of that old saying about absolute power corrupting absolutely.
The bottom line for me is that the ATF planned this raid as an attack from the get go to make itself look good for their upcoming budget review and chose a fringe religious group to exploit because they thought that they would be good fodder for them from a political perspective.Read more ›
The Ashes of Waco is a compelling read that you'll definitely get into and finish til the end.
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This is a great starting point for anyone interested in the truth about Waco. It was written two years after the ATF assaulted and murdered the Branch Davidians, so more... Read morePublished 2 months ago by reverenderyk
An excellent read that was well researched. I found this to be the second best book I've read so far on the subject. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carmen R. Hamilton
I was pleased with 'The Ashes of Waco.'
The book is, first, well-written for one of its type, with a good, straightforward narrative that doesn't get in the way of the... Read more
It "stunk" Keeps bouncing around, with everyone"s ideas on what happened. No Facts about what happened!Published 9 months ago by g/s leader
Kinda of a scary book when you think about what the United States Government is capable of doing to its citizens. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Donna L Phillips
The author, Dick Reavis, is an excellent research writer and did well in his presentation. He covered both side of this event and how and why it happened. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Robert K. Schweizer