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

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Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell

9 Hours 5 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

April 2017

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history, from the author of The Wager and The Lost City of Z, “one of the preeminent adventure and true-crime writers working today.'—New York Magazine • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NOW A MARTIN SCORSESE PICTURE

“A shocking whodunit…What more could fans of true-crime thrillers ask?”—USA Today

“A masterful work of literary journalism crafted with the urgency of a mystery.” —The Boston Globe

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.

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  • Margaret G

    Wonderfully written account of the historical events and perspectives. As an Osage tribal member and family who was impacted by these murders, this book was well researched and caught the emotion of the times.

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  • Heather L

    I found the book to be very interesting and eye opening. I am sorry to say that I knew nothing of the Osage murders. The amount of research that must have been done for this book is remarkable.

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  • Harry L

    Fascinating look at evil and power and shame. The only consolation from the heartbreak is that we live in a different world. For now.

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  • Anonymous

    While the story behind this book is fascinating and truly a piece of history that is shamefully looked over in this country, I could think of a hundred different ways it could’ve been told better. If you like the idea of someone sitting down and reading you a history book, this is for you. No character development, no story telling.. just facts, dates, and names… So. Many.. Names. The most unappealing “read” I’ve ever encountered. I can’t wait to see it in the movies though which is the exact opposite of how I usually feel when it comes to the stories I read. I was so disappointed that this incredible piece of history that deserves so much more attention than it’s ever been given, was told in this manner. While it was seemingly accurate, it totally lacked the humanity it sorely deserves.

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  • H.B. Z.

    I am living in Oklahoma so I am somewhat aware of this bit of history; however, this book expands my understanding greatly. It's maybe more far reaching than I could have imagined. My grandfather was one of the drillers in the Osage and Kay counties, so I've heard some stories about the oil discoveries in this area. This is really a great book. I just hope the movie is half as good. If so, maybe it will give these events the attention they deserve.

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  • Lynn H.

    A lot of great historical info, I was not aware of the plight of the Osage!

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  • Catherine L

    Interesting information on Osage murders but felt the book was unorganized and hard to follow. Could use an edit.

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  • Claudia S

    I liked this book and believe it's a story that needed to be told, and heard. Very interesting, however the author went on a 2 hour long rant about J. Edgar Hoover and how horrible he was, even though the only Osage murders solved were those solved by the FBI.(under the direction of J. Edgar Hoover) If it weren't for this I probably would have given it a four or five. Good book, but the rant bogged it down for quite a while.

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  • Susan M.

    Amazing and eye-opening, could not turn it off

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  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed the history of how they solved the murders but kind of a sad ending, though.

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