Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
by David Grann
Paperback- $12.79

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history, ...

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I don’t love non fiction but this was way to read and interesting

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Our group was both stunned and horrified by this bit of history. Amazed that none of us were at all aware of any of this prior to this book being published. We learned a lot. It was a good discussion book.

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I think these historical events should be on the school curriculum.

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Killers of the Flower Moon is an informative and at times shockIng portrayal of life for the Osage Nation at the turn of the 19th century, a time of inevitable cultural conflict with the discovery of oil beneath Osage land. Mineral rights remained with the Osage for oil pumped from tribal ground, bringing wealth to the Osage Nation. That wealth became the focus of unscrupulous white men intent on stripping the Osage of their dignity, their money, their land, and most shockingly, their lives.

Murders committed in the most brutal ways caught the attention of the newly formed Federal Bureau of Investigation and its ambitious young leader, J. Edgar Hoover.

As the authorâ??s narrative unfolds, a story of treachery, deceit, and greed is told in stark detail. A number of law enforcement personnel attempt to curb the violence increasingly directed at wealthy Osage citizens as they attempt to discover the identity of the killer(s).

The author clearly portrays in his narrative that things arenâ??t always as they seem to be. This book has it all...the good, the bad, and the ugly. The book ends on a disappointing note for me as Sheriff White, an honest lawman who went to extraordinary lengths to solve the mystery of the murders and stop the lawlessness in the Osage Nation homeland, is not rewarded in any meaningful way for his accomplishments.

Still today, family members of those Osage murdered or swindled out of what was rightfully theirs continue to look for answers to reveal the whole story of what happened to their forbearers and who was ultimately responsible for so many Osage deaths.

The book appears to be well researched with the author combing through available records and talking to contemporaries to learn family stories of the murders that have been handed down through the generations. I was surprised to learn that many records giving details of the murders appear to have been intentionally destroyed or were, perhaps, never written. I would have liked to have more content about Hoover and his handling of the Osage murders as well as more information about Sheriff Whiteâ??s life as he continued his law enforcement duties following these grim events.

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I just finished this book and ... wow. Can’t wait to talk about it. Great choice.

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  "Never learned this in school" by 8feetfast (see profile) 08/24/19

Book club was shocked that we didn't know any of this history. Reads like a fiction novel...except it's true

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This is a sad statement of what's happened and is still happening to Native Americans. Very informative

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Eye opening and so well written. Reads like a murder mystery…but it’s real life.

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  "Sad historical truth" by [email protected] (see profile) 06/03/23

Unbelievable. Devastating. This book shed an uncomfortable light of one instance of the treatment of Native Americans. It was difficult to keep up with what was going on the first quarter of the book. Perhaps that was because there were so many people, but also it seemed the book continually jumped back and forth through various time periods and that made it challenging for me to keep up (so 4 stars instead of 5). There is a movie coming out this fall. If the movie even gets one person to look further into this story and try to understand what happened, it will be worth it. I would love to know what the Osage Nation thinks of the movie. This should be required reading for high school students.

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Love history, including the hidden ugly. So much reality is not talked about. I hope to discover more and learn.

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