THE ASHES OF WACO by Dick J. Reavis

THE ASHES OF WACO

An Investigation

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Rushed to press to catch the wave of summer congressional hearings on the Waco debacle, this account by former Texas Monthly senior editor Reavis may raise a few hackles both within the Beltway and beyond. In the course of his reporting, Reavis gained access to a large trove of classified documents: 17,800 pages of transcripts of telephone conversations between government agents and Branch Davidians at Mt. Carmel. These documents, along with government reports, a study of Branch Davidian theology, and interviews with survivors of Waco as well as rivals of Koresh's, lead the author to a surprising conclusion. Contributing to the post-Waco trend charging that we too often scorn religious sects as cults, Reavis writes: ``The people who had lived at Mt. Carmel were more akin to the Shakers and to the Oneida communityparts of today's Americanathan to the members of the Charles Manson cult.''

Pub Date: July 24th, 1995
ISBN: 0-684-81132-4
Page count: 356pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1995




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