Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon

The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

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From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history

            In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
            Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.
            As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

A New York Times Notable Book

Named a best book of the year by Amazon, Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, NPR, Vogue, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub, and Slate

Baker & Taylor
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.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2016]
ISBN: 9780385534253
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor
Bib Control Number: 133401


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IndyPL_SteveB Jan 03, 2019

A fascinating but grim look at hidden American history. Writer David Grann is the perfect example of an obsessive reporter, willing to do years of research on an incident that was a major story a century ago but which most people have never heard of. In the 1800s, the Osage Indian tribe was for... Read More »

indyPL_LizS Dec 30, 2019

Strange story about the plight of the Osage Nation Indian Tribe, in the early 1900’s. They had already been driven out of their original territorial lands and placed on a desolate reservation in Oklahoma.
After reading this book, what amazes me, in this dramatic saga, is the way the US. Governme... Read More »

February 24th at 6:30 pm

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Apr 13, 2021

The inhumanity of man is exemplified in this chapter of history--a very black mark.

Apr 12, 2021

Prior to reading this book, I knew nothing about this part of American history.

Mar 23, 2021

Killer of the Flower Moon was very interesting. Good read.

BostonPL_JordanD Nov 13, 2020

Title/Author: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Genre/sub-genre: Nonfiction/True Crime
Book Format: Hardcover
Length: 359 pages
Violence: Yes
Well written/Editor Needed: Very well written. This kept me turning pages and was an easy read, as it wasn’t dry writing. I’m not sure if this is entirely narrative nonfiction, but I appreciated his writing style. It felt like a western mystery novel for much of it.
Would I Recommend?: Yes, I believe more people need to know what happened, so that it doesn’t get forgotten, and so that we can avoid it happening ever again.
Personal thoughts: So, writing style-wise, this was a very easy read, and I couldn’t put it down. Topic-wise, it was a bit more difficult to get through. I went into it assuming a mass conspiracy on a grand level never before seen, only to have the case pinpoint one or two lead guys. Then, in the final section, my worst fears were, in fact, confirmed. The ending mad me sad and angry that this could happen; that men could talk so casually about marrying a woman just to murder her for her money as soon as possible. The fact that so many murders went uninvestigated, that those perpetrators got away with so much, and are now dead so that no justice can be found, or closure for their families, it’s horrifying and terrible and sad.

If this had been happening to white people, investigations would have happened and justice would have been found. I can’t even put into words how terrible this is. Between 1907 and 1923, 605 Osages died. Think about that. 605 Indians died within 16 years, and almost nothing was done about it. WTF.

Oct 26, 2020


Oct 08, 2020

A very sad, poignant story of a band of people who were taken full advantage of by greedy politicians and ones out to take advantage.

Jul 04, 2020

So Cool! This book is SO great actors Leonardo DiCaprio. Robert DeNiro “Bobby D” and director Martin Scorsese are making a movie out of it right now in 2020 & now 2021, pandemic. JFaulk

Jun 28, 2020

This book os an incredibly hauting, well-researched look at the Osage tribe mass murders in the 1920s and 1930s. I learned so much about reservations and the cruelty thag Native Americans has to endure for so long, and that the community still endures today. A must read.

Hillsboro_RobP Jun 09, 2020

Read it and remember, lest we all forget.
Excellent account and re-visitation of an important time in American history.

May 14, 2020

There have been plenty of rave reviews about this book but I found it a bit slow and sometimes had trouble keeping track of characters. It is meticulously researched and plenty of what happened with the Osage will leave you amazed and furious. Worth a read but to me a little dry.

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JCLLizW Oct 21, 2019

“The U.S. government, contending that many Osage were unable to handle their money, had required the Office of Indian Affairs to determine which members of the tribe it considered capable of managing their trust funds. Over the tribe’s vehement objections, many Osage, including Lizzie and Anna, were deemed ‘incompetent,’ and were forced to have a local white guardian overseeing and authorizing all of their spending, down to the toothpaste they purchased at the corner store.” - p. 58

Dec 04, 2018

“Yet an ugliness often lurked beneath the reformist zeal of Progressivism. Many Progressives—who tended to be middle-class white Protestants—held deep prejudices against immigrants and blacks and were so convinced of their own virtuous authority that they disdained democratic procedures. This part of Progressivism mirrored Hoover’s darkest impulses.” - p. 178


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