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A Journey to Waco: Autobiography of a Branch Davidian
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 b ...more
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published August 17th 2012 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(first published January 1st 2012)
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I'm torn between giving this three stars because it's a really important book and I'm very grateful it got recorded while the author was still alive, and giving it two stars because as far as books go, it's pretty bad. You can tell that it was compiled from recorded interviews, and the organization is clunky. It would have been so much more powerful if the book went chronologically with all of the other information weaved in, rather than in distinct (sometimes repetitive) sections. Like I said, ...more
Aug 29, 2013 dejah_thoris rated it 4 of 5 stars
I was about 10-11 when Waco happened. Doyle was the last one out. His harrowing oral history provides a surprising contrast to the common depictions of the Branch Davidians in popular media. Not the most well-written memoir (you can tell it's an edited transcript) but very riveting in its honesty and confusion regarding the raid.