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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 • SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION 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.

Look for David Grann’s latest #1 New York Times bestselling book, The Wager!

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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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  • 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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  • Cynthia Rogers

    David Grann the great researcher all the details are brought brilliantly into the story. They historically labeled reign of terror with the Osage Indians in the early 1900s was amazing very sad amount of murders that continued just to gain the money from oil. This was the beginning of the FBI and their research which was had just used fingerprints to claim murderers, but the FBI was not always looking for real murders. The indigenous people were not supposed to be protected, but those to be used in their money taken by Guardianships American history do not necessarily written by the losers but the winners

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  • Shawn S.

    Excellent book. Narrators captured the emotions of the period.

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  • Mark Trevithick

    "Killer's of the Flower Moon" is the story of the Osage murders in the early 20th Century. It is well researched, unearthing details missed by the many investigative teams, including the fledgling FBI. Tom White, the agent whose persistence, tenacity, and sense of fair play made him a fordable enemy of the many conspirators. In general, this is one more gut wrenching, tragic story of man's evil towards his fellow man, and specifically, against another Indian Tribe, the Osage.

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  • Mark S.

    None of us in our book club were familiar with this piece of history before we read this book. It is horrifying that one segment of humanity reduced another segment of humanity so that it was okay to murder them, and we were never taught this in history class. None of us knew that it was this crime that made the FBI’s reputation. The hero of the story is as good as any western hero that came out of Hollywood. I often tell friends that the history of the west is even more compelling than western fiction. This book is such an example. The narrators did justice to the material. If you want to learn about how the Osage were treated after oil was discovered on their land, what happens when we dehumanize people who are not like us, the true story of a western hero we never heard of and one of the earliest FBI cases, give this book a try.

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  • Lisa D.

    Enjoyed each and every moment.

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  • Anonymous

    narrator a disappointment.

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