Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

flower moonThis is a powerful, important and very sad chapter in our American history about the Osage Indians who were murdered following the discovery of massive oil fields on their reservation in the 1920’s.

Upon discovery of oil, members of the tribe became the wealthiest people per capita in the world. They rode in chauffeured cars and sent their children to schools in Europe. But as dozens of tribe members begin dying under suspicious circumstances, the new director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, steps in to investigate and in so doing shapes the FBI as we know it today.

Grann has done extensive, meticulous research to expose the atrocities committed against the Osage that is not widely known nor written about in history books-but should be. The author’s suspenseful writing makes this is a page turner and knowing that it is true makes it even more compelling. A must read. Grann is also the author of the Lost City of Z.

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