In 1993, David Koresh and a band of heavily armed evangelical Christians took on the might of the US government. A two-month siege of their compound in Waco, Texas, ended in a firefight that killed seventy-six, including twenty-five children. Kevin Cook finally provides the full story of what happened at Waco.
... a fast, taut read ... Cook... ably [links] 1993 to today when it comes to the rise of the far right, but I was left wishing [he] had pulled harder on some remaining threads ... Cook... [takes] care to portray Koresh’s followers with humanity and empathy while not ignoring the uglinesses of life in the community.
... engrossing and original ... Waco Rising poses vital and urgent questions about state power and the role of violence and warmaking in the contemporary United States ... meticulously catalogs the misdeeds and missteps that precipitated the carnage ... While Waco Rising draws a clear link between the Mount Carmel siege and the right-wing movements of today, it doesn’t explore, in any meaningful depth, how whiteness has shaped the right’s responses to government “overreach.”