A Journey to Waco: Autobiography of a Branch Davidian

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Aug 17, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 298 pages
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Nearly twenty years after they happened, the ATF and FBI assaults on the Branch Davidian residence near Waco, Texas remain the most deadly law enforcement action on American soil. The raid by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents on February 28, 1993, which resulted in the deaths of four ATF agents and six Branch Davidians, precipitated a 51-day siege conducted by the FBI. The FBI tank and gas assault on the residence at Mount Carmel Center on April 19 culminated in a fire that killed 53 adults and 23 children, with only nine survivors. In A Journey to Waco, survivor Clive Doyle not only takes readers inside the tragic fire and its aftermath, but he also tells the larger story of how and why he joined the Branch Davidians, how the Branch Davidian community developed, and the status of survivors.

While the media and official reports painted one picture of the Branch Davidians and the two assaults, A Journey to Waco shares a much more personal account of the ATF raid, the siege, and the final assault that details events unreported by the media. A Journey to Waco presents what the Branch Davidians believed and introduces readers to the community’s members, including David Koresh. A Journey to Waco is a personal account of one man’s journey with the Branch Davidians, through the tragic fire, and beyond.

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A Short Introduction to the Branch Davidians and Clive Doyle
Ch01 Telling My Story and the Story of the Branch Davidians
Ch02 From Australia to TexasMeeting the Branch Davidians
Ch03 Living with the Branch Davidians
Ch04 Branch Davidian Theology
Ch05 The Mount Carmel Conflict
Ch06 Jail Two Trials and Changes at Mount Carmel
Ch07 Survivors of the SiegeWhere We Are Today
Appendix Reconstructing Mount Carmel Center
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Clive Doyle is one of nine survivors of the Mount Carmel fire near Waco, Texas, which killed seventy-six Branch Davidians of all ages.

Catherine Wessinger is the Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J. Professor of the History of Religions at Loyola University New Orleans.

Matthew D. Wittmer is an artist and librarian specializing in the collection and preservation of primary sources about the Branch Davidians.

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