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Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

Quick take

A devastating look at the 1920s genocide that targeted the oil-rich Osage Indian Nation.

Why I love it

I was a fan of David Grann years before we ever met—seeing his byline was a red alert that I was about to read something special. He is a master of real-life mystery, thrilling adventure, and jaw-dropping twists (See his previous book, _The Lost City of Z_, now a movie, for examples of all). But above all, he is interested, passionately, in what makes people unique, and why they behave in the stra...

Synopsis

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 s...

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