Koresh: The True Story of David Koresh and the Tragedy at Waco

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Mariner Books
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6.4 X 8.9 X 1.7 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

STEPHAN TALTY is the award-winning author of Agent Garbo, Empire of Blue Water, and other best-selling works of narrative nonfiction. His books have been made into two films, the Oscar-winning Captain Phillips and Only the Brave. He is also the author of two psychological thrillers, including the New York Times bestseller Black Irish, set in his hometown of Buffalo. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, GQ, and many other publications. Talty now lives outside New York City with his family.


"Impressively researched and written with storytelling verve. ... Talty delves the deepest into the history and twisted personality of David Koresh." -- Wall Street Journal

"Koresh reads like a fever dream, with the quality of a timeless tragedy. It's also a bracing antidote to toxic conspiracy theories that have surrounded the calamitous siege in Waco for decades. Loaded with astonishing, often shocking detail, we see how tragedy had been brewing for years beforehand. David Koresh emerges not as a hapless religious eccentric unfairly targeted by the law, but as a fully actualized cult leader -- as manipulative and canny as Charles Manson, and as grandiose and apocalyptic as Jim Jones. Talty's blistering account doesn't let the government off the hook -- but if you think you know what really happened at Waco and why, think again." -- Robert Kolker, author of Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

"Stephen Talty is a dogged reporter and a gifted writer, and in his hands, Koresh burns with timely relevance and urgency. Reminiscent of Norman Mailer's, The Executioner's Song, Talty brings the life and violent death of David Koresh into a purely American context, with a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end." -- Gilbert King, Pulitzer prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove

"David Koresh is like no other cult leader or apocalyptic prophet, and Stephan Talty takes readers deep inside his head. A brilliant portrait of an American madman, Koresh is told in chilling detail, with great pacing and vivid scene setting. Someday, when this book gets made into a blockbuster movie, you will say that the book was better." -- A.J. Baime, New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental President and White Lies

"Stephan Talty's Koresh is at once a deeply reported biography of the self-anointed final prophet and a riveting reconstruction of the deadly and disastrous siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. With new information and fresh insights, his penetrating rendering of David Koresh's bizarre life and death is clear-eyed and compelling." -- Dick Lehr, author of Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal

"Childhood abuse, untreated paranoia, and a passion for salvation through violence kindled the historic conflagration at Waco that killed a messianic preacher and 75 of his followers. Stephan Talty sifts the ashes of that inferno to deliver a deeply researched, fast-paced and insightful book--one that exposes not only the tragedy's causes but embers that still burn today." -- Mara Leveritt, author of Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three