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The siege at Waco : deadly inferno
Cole, Michael D.
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Publication Information:
Springfield, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Discusses the incident in Waco, Texas, in 1993 involving David Koresh and the religious group known as the Branch Davidians.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.5 1.0 30265.
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BP605.B72 C65 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Raging fire ended the fifty-one-day standoff between the Branch Davidians, a religious and militia-minded group, and the United States government. By the time the flames were controlled, seventy-four Branch Davidians were dead, including David Koresh, their charismatic leader. This title details Koresh's rise to head of the Branch Davidians, his buildup of firearms and followers, and his eventual deadly defiance of the United States government.

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Gr. 5^-9. The Branch Davidians' 51-day standoff against the FBI and ATF could not have ended more tragically for the victims or more devastatingly for the U.S. The fiery, bullet-riddled end to David Koresh and 73 of his Seventh-Day Adventists left more than unanswered questions of exactly how the fires started and which members were killed by their own gunfire. It instead cast doubts on the government's handling of militia groups, which led to further tragedies, including the Oklahoma City bombing. Combining general overviews with eyewitness accounts from ATF agents and a few female Branch-Davidian members who survived the ordeal, Cole compellingly captures the essence of the siege. Chapters dedicated to the history of the zealous group dating back to 1931 and Koresh's evolution from charismatic teen to dictatorial prophet add dimension and depth to the vivid description of the standoff and the inferno whose aftermath still simmers across America's political and religious landscape. This entry in the American Disasters series, like the others, will attract reluctant readers. Chapter notes; glossary. --Roger Leslie