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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (edição: 2017)

de David Grann (Autor)

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Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
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Título:Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Autores:David Grann (Autor)
Informação:Doubleday
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:own, crime, true, award-winners

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

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"Killers of the Flower Moon" was picked out by our Book Palaver member; it's not a book I would normally read.

It details the scores (if not hundreds) of murders that took place in the early 20th Century of Osage Indians. Because the Osage had been forced to live on this land (before it was known it had copious amounts of oil below it), they were awarded huge sums of money annually from the federal government once the oil was discovered. But because there was a belief that the Indians didn't have the capacity to manage that kind of money, white leaders and/or relatives were given the right to control that money. Upon death, the guardians then owned that money so the motive was clearly there.

I felt like the writing was just OK. I much better book along these lines is "The Devil in the White City." ( )
  Jarratt | Jul 7, 2024 |
Disclaimer: I received this book as part of GoodReads' FirstReads Program.

In the 1920s the wealthiest per capita population on Earth were the Osage Indians living in Oklahoma. They had been smart enough to negotiate for mineral rights for their land, and when oil was discovered there, the big fat annual checks came rolling in. Of course, the institutional racism of the United States wouldn't let them control their own money, and white men were given control, doling out allowances to the Native Americans who couldn't be trusted to know how to handle their own affairs. Indians started dying, sometimes mysteriously, and sometimes obviously murdered, and law enforcement couldn't find out what was going on. A Federal crime fighting agency, the Bureau of Investigation, was tasked with getting to the bottom of the deaths and stopping them.

This is a fantastic page turner that reads like a great mystery novel instead of the non fiction story that it is. It follows the investigations of Tom White, who assembled a team of agents and led the investigation that solved the main series of murders. It continues the story after the prosecutions of the perpetrators to find out what happened to them, the the agents investigation the crimes and the families of those who were killed. It also looks into some of the other cases that were never resolved. A highly readable, enjoyable and recommended book. ( )
  SteveCarl | Jun 24, 2024 |
DAMN! This book was worth the hype! I loved The Lost City of Z, so I'm not surprised that I loved this as well. It's dark, disturbing, wonderfully researched and written. It's truly a marvel about a dark and bloody part of United States history. This book investigates the murder of dozens (the number is likely in the hundreds) of Osage Indians during the twenties as greedy white Americans tried to wrest oil rights from them. When some of the richest oil fields in the world were found in Osage territory, the tribe suddenly became some of the wealthiest people per capita. Try as they might the government couldn't force them to move or to take their oil away from them so greedy white neighbors hatched a plot to slowly kill them off. Local officials were crooked and it took Hoover sending over some of his investigators to help curb the deaths. It's a dark and sordid take that's worth remembering. I can't give this book enough praise. ( )
  ecataldi | May 31, 2024 |
This book really touched me in more way than you can imagine. I felt the deep sorrow toward Osage tribe, and how US government created a situation for greedy people to take advantage of many minorities in the US. People should read and learn from this book. ( )
  Baochuan | May 15, 2024 |
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

BIBLIOGRAPHIC DETAILS
PRINT: © 4/18/2017; 978-0385534246; Doubleday illustrated edition; 352 pages; unabridged. (Hardcover info from Amazon.com)
DIGITAL: © 4/18/2017; 978-0316563789; Vintage; 347 pages; unabridged. (Kindle info from Amazon.com)
*AUDIO: © 4/18/2017; Random House Audio; Duration: 9:04:00; unabridged. (Audio info from Amazon.com)
(FILM: Yes 10/20/2023)

SERIES: No

Major CHARACTERS: (Not Comprehensive)
Mollie Burkhart – Protagonist- Osage Native American with Oil Head Rights.
Lizzie Q – Mollie’s mother - Osage Native American with Oil Head Rights
Anna Brown – Mollie’s sister - Osage Native American with Oil Head Rights
Bryan Burkhart – Mollie’s brother-in-law, Ernest’s brother.
Rita – Mollie’s sister
Henry Roan - Osage Native American with Oil Head Rights
Ernest Burkhart – Mollie’s Caucasian husband
John Wren – Undercover agent
William Hale – Ernest’s Uncle
Tom White – Investigator with the FBI

SUMMARY/ EVALUATION:
SELECTED: When the movie came ‘out, my friend, Isa, mentioned she would be seeing the movie and had read this book twice.
ABOUT: In the 20th century, land (including mineral rights) that had been considered worthless and so had been assigned to the Osage Nation in Oklahoma, was discovered to have oil. The Osage nation, therefor, were supposed to reap the benefits, but Caucasians sought every means possible to take the rights from them. These means included becoming guardians under the auspices that an Osage was not competent (especially with the women), marrying them to share their wealth, murder, contriving fake debts and deeds upon the death of an Osage, and more.
OVERALL OPINION: This book is an interesting and thorough account of the situation and deaths of countless Osage Natives, as well as of many of those involved in the Osage peoples’ deaths, and with the investigations of them.

AUTHOR: David Grann: Excerpts from Wikipedia:
“David Elliot Grann (born March 10, 1967) is an American journalist, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and author.
His first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, was published by Doubleday in February 2009. After its first week of publication, it debuted on The New York Times bestseller list at #4[1] and later reached #1.[2] Grann's articles have been collected in several anthologies, including What We Saw: The Events of September 11, 2001, The Best American Crime Writing of 2004 and 2005, and The Best American Sports Writing of 2003 and 2006.[3] He has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Weekly Standard.[3]
According to a profile in Slate, Grann has a reputation as a "workhorse reporter", which has made him a popular journalist who "inspires a devotion in readers that can border on the obsessive."[4]
Early life
Grann was born on March 18, 1967, to Phyllis E. Grann and Victor Grann. His mother is the former CEO of Putnam Penguin and the first woman CEO of a major publishing firm.[5] His father is an oncologist and Director of the Bennett Cancer Center in Stamford, Connecticut. Grann has two siblings, Edward and Alison.[6]”

*So which is it, March 10 or March 18 (birth)? I will be looking into his other books either way. ( )
  TraSea | Apr 29, 2024 |
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De maand van de bloemendoder is een fascinerend en tegelijkertijd gruwelijk boek over de moordpartijen, discriminatie en uitbuiting van Osage indianen aan het begin van de 20e eeuw in Oklahoma. Nadat de Osage, zoals zoveel indianen in de Verenigde Staten, waren verjaagd naar een reservaat in Oklahoma, bleek hier olie gevonden te worden. Hierdoor werden de Osage opeens rijk. Echter dit betekende ook uitbuiting, discriminatie en vele moordpartijen. David Grann is jarenlang bezig geweest met onderzoek naar misstanden die plaatsvonden en De maand van de bloemendoder is het zeer boeiende eindresultaat hiervan...lees verder >
 

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