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Author: David Thibodeau, Leon Whiteson Narrator: David Thibodeau, Leon Whiteson, Aviva Layton, Robert Fass Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2019 ISBN: 9781549102547
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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 reads like a thriller, with each page taking us closer to the eventual inferno.

Originally published as A Place Called Waco.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • Honest... [about] whether the excessive force used by our government against American citizens was really necessary. Lincoln Star Journal
  • A disquieting portrait of a religious community and its enigmatic leader. Kirkus Reviews
  • 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 Review
  • This narrative defies many of our media-mediated preconceptions of Koresh's followers. Booklist
  • An extraordinary account of one of the most shameful episodes in recent American history. I wish that everyone in the country could read this book. Howard Zinn

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About the Author

David Thibodeau was born and raised in Maine. He is one of only four Branch Davidians who survived the Waco, Texas massacre who was not sentenced to prison. Over the twenty-five years since, David has lived in Los Angeles, California; Austin, Texas; and currently lives in Bangor, Maine, where he continues his life as a drummer and entrepreneur. David is a life-long student of history and is always anxious to see where “my country is headed by not heeding the lessons of the past.”

About the Narrators

Leon Whiteson was a Zimbabwe-born architect-turned-critic and novelist. He died in 2013 at age eighty-two. Whiteson is survived by his wife, author/writer Aviva Layton.

Aviva Layton earned a BA from Sydney University, an MA from University of Montreal and a PhD from York University, Toronto. She is the author of a novel, a biography, and several award-winning children’s books, and is now a full-time literary editor.

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and twice winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has earned mulltiple Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name, which was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2011. He has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, as well as to nonfiction works in history, memoir, health, journalism, and business.