Mad Man in Waco, a book about Vernon Howell, his Branch Davidian followers and the fiery end to their 51-day standoff with federal authorities will hit the shelves of bookstores nationwide on Aug. 1.
Former Tribune-Herald reporters Bob Darden and Brad Bailey wrote the book for WRS Publishing of Waco, completing the transcript on Thursday, said Wayman R. Spence, president of the WRS group.
Spence said Mad Man in Waco includes the fruits of research and interviews with Branch Davidians, including Vernon Howell, that Darden conducted before the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raided their compound on Feb. 28.
Darden also examined 30 years of oral history on the Branch Davidians on tape at Baylor University.
Bailey, meanwhile, covered the day-to-day events that culminated in the deaths of Howell and more than 80 followers on April 19.
“The book is pre-selling quite well,” said Spence, meaning that the larger book chains are interested.
Promotional material for the book says, “This is not just another quickie retelling of some footnote in American history; it is a cautionary tale of how a single man armed with nothing more than his twisted, brilliant mind could hold an entire nation at bay.”