Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (Signed Book)

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (Signed Book)

by David Grann

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From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #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 Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they 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. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.
      In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection.  Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. 
      In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385542562
Publisher: Doubleday Publishing
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Edition description: Signed Edition
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

DAVID GRANN is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the bestselling author of The Devil and Sherlock Holmes and The Lost City of Z, which has been translated into more than twenty languages. His stories have appeared in many anthologies of the best American writing, and he has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulously sad book about the Osage. I cannot fathom how anyone could harm anyone over money that was not theirs, especially their own family. It is true, not that I ever doubted, "For the love of money is the root of all evil". These roots ran deep and wide, The author and tale drew me in and held me in the hurt and I had to put it down to breathe. I found myself talking about this plight to anyone who would listen. I will go to see Osage county myself and pay my respects. A true treasure .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was born in Hominy, OK. I grew up with stories about the Osage tribe and their exploitation. This account leaves me breathless. Thank you Mr. Gann.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a part of history that should be learned by all. It's a dirty little secret, hidden from the history books. It has now been exposed, this is a must read. A shameful past. Very well written, very well researched. How did any Indians survive this shameful treatment? What other horrors have been dealt to American Indians? I'm sure there's more, unfortunately. Read this book, Never forget!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Very interesting information and well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting. Well researched.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down, a great read.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann is a very highly recommended account of the Osage murders in Oklahoma during the 1920's. This is sure to be on my top ten nonfiction books of the year. Simply Excellent. "In April, millions of tiny flowers spread over the blackjack hills and vast prairies in the Osage territory of Oklahoma. There are Johnny-jump-ups and spring beauties and little bluets. The Osage writer John Joseph Mathews observed that the galaxy of petals makes it look as if the 'gods had left confetti.' In May, when coyotes howl beneath an unnervingly large moon, taller plants, such as spiderworts and black-eyed Susans, begin to creep over the tinier blooms, stealing their light and water. The necks of the smaller flowers break and their petals flutter away, and before long they are buried underground. This is why the Osage Indians refer to May as the time of the flower-killing moon." After oil was discovered on land where the mineral rights were owned by the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma, the Osage became the richest people per capita in the world. Millions of dollars was distributed to tribal members holding "headrights" which could not be bought or sold but only inherited. As history has often shown, with great wealth come unethical, immoral people looking for a way to take advantage. In the case of the Osage it was through several methods including: charging them more than others for any good and services; having them declared incompetent to handle their financial affairs so influential white men were declared administrators of their estates, allowing them to legally swindle the Osage; and marrying an Osage tribal member. If these corrupt practices weren't bad enough, it became clear that the Osage were being murdered, through car accidents, poison, bombings, or outright shooting. Mollie Burkhart saw her family slowed killed off, one by one. One sister was likely poisoned, while another sister was shot. Her mother was poisoned - and Molly herself was in danger. Molly wasn't the only family experiencing murder and mysterious deaths either. To make matters more complicated, anyone looking into the deaths turned up dead too. It became known as the "Reign of Terror" and it was unknown how high up the corruption went to protect the perpetrators. A young J. Edgar Hoover took notice of the death toll of over twenty-four Osage, and saw solving these cases and bringing the perpetrators to justice as a means of increasing the importance of the new FBI. He put former Texas Ranger Tom White in charge. White proceeded to amass an undercover team, including one of the only Native American agents in the bureau, and set out to uncovered the people and corruption that were behind the murders. Grann continues his research beyond the initial investigation, exposing facts which show that the corruption extended even further beyond the limited scope of the FBI investigation. Killers of the Flower Moon is a riveting historical true crime account that reads like a mystery/thriller. The writing is superb and the presentation flawless. Grann does an excellent job describing the setting and people involved. Adding to the narrative are many period photographs of the people involved. This is a well-researched book and covers everything I look for in nonfiction. Grann has documented his sources in a vast section of chapter notes and includes an extensive bibliography. courtesy of Doubleday
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. I had not heard of anything that had happened in this book. I even asked my roommate who grew up in Oklahoma if he had heard of any of this and he had not. I would think that some mention of this would be included in the Oklahoma history books, but I am wrong. This was undoubtedly one of the most shaming book of American history I have ever read. And all of this was done for money. Sickening. I found this book to be very interesting and there were not many pages that I glossed over. Usually in a book like this, there are a few pages that I will do that, not in this one. You can certainly tell that there was a lot of research that was done while writing this book. And the writing also told a story. It wasn't just a bunch of information just thrown in there. I also could not believe the follow-up after the FBI left when there was proof that it just wasn't all Hale's doing. He was bad enough, but all the others? Sad. I also liked reading about the FBI part of it as well. Especially the parts where Hoover is concerned. I will hold off on calling him the names I am thinking. An interesting, very informative, sad, unbelievable, and just downright head shaking read. If your into history or just trivia, this is a book you need to read. Thanks Doubleday Books for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great research and facts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommend it highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent read. Based on solid research and interviews. Sickening that this happened to indigenous people and was essentally sanctioned by local authotities and allowed by the highly predjudiced US government.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I understand the book needed to be fact-based. However it was a bit dry. I wish it had been told with more sympathy/Emotion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nook book is 30% more expensive then the paperback! This is absolute abuse of nook owners! Screw B&N!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story reminds me of today's large lottery winners. Too much money and there is bound to be problems. The Osage Indian needed to be educated on handling money. A pre-natal would have protected the head rights with no inheritance to anyone without Osage birth certificate. Is money more important than life? People have been killed for it since it was invented.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr Gann tells a page turner story. I wish he would have given more information about those murdered, told about their lives. Even a chart with name, age, cause of death, estimated amount of money stolen, and suspect to illustrate the scope.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend to anyone. The book is a page turner and I could not stop thinking about it days after. It exposes a dark past of American history and is shocking, sad, and frightening that this occurred. What's even more shocking is that this was the first time I (and probably most readers) learned of this tragedy. The book is even more powerful by telling the stories of those affected and those who tried to bring justice.
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Anonymous 10 months ago
A rich narrative that every American needs to read! Enlightening!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Overall I think that David Grann did a great job writing this book. Non-fiction isn’t really my thing, but Grann kept me pulled in the whole time. Killers of the Flower Moon is about the Osage Indians and the journey they have involving conflicts with the government and their land. However once they found all of the oil underneath their new home, they became moderately wealthy. The story follows Mollie and her family as they are victims of countless murders, the killer obviously targeting wealthy Osage Indians. The book also offers lots of insight on J. Edgar Hoover and the beginnings of the FBI. I really loved how the book could kind of switch between the FBI and the Osage, I thought it was very cool to see the different points of view following the investigation of the murders. It’s really interesting to gain insight on how the FBI got started. While it is non-fiction, Grann tells it in a way that makes it feel like you’re listening to a good scary story. The book kind of follows this whole theme of greed and how it can push people to do unthinkable things with issues involving land between the white settlers and the Indians to the new found riches and the greed of those who had not been so lucky. Its astonishing to see the way it can influence people and their decisions, the lengths at which they’ll go to become “satisfied”. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody, it's got a little bit of everything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Killers of the Flower Moon; the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI is the One Book, One Community selection for this year in my area. It's an important choice because apparently the systematic killings of scores of Osage Indians has been left out of our history books. The Osage Indians, having lost their native lands in what is now Missouri due to western expansion, were relocated to Oklahoma. In 1897 oil was discovered in Osage County. The federal government gave 657 acres to each Osage on the tribal rolls with the intent that they and their heirs would receive royalties in the oil production on their land. The Osage became the "richest nation, clan, or social group of any race on earth, including the whites, man for man." They used royalties to send their children to private schools, bought fancy clothes, cars, and houses. The problem arose when white people who wanted a piece of the action, claimed the Osage were mismanaging their wealth. They began lobbying the government to appoint guardians for each Osage to manage their royalties. The incentives for criminality were overwhelming. Thus, began the "Reign of Terror" where members of the Osage were murdered. Over 60 people were shot, poisoned, blown up, and thrown from trains. These murders went unsolved until the newly formed FBI took on the investigation. During the course of the book, author David Grann brings the old stories up to date and through his research uncovers an even more diabolical story. This is a shameful part of history that has been hidden far too long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It told of a captivating and mysterious series of injustices that have been neglected by the public eye. By sharing the untold story of the Osage tribe, Grann shocks readers with the horrific truth of the murders committed and their investigations through the FBI. Grann truly grabs the attention of his audience through sharing such a fascinating story that most know very little to nothing about. He curated the information in an astounding manner, making the intake of such a large amount of knowledge by the readers less overwhelming. Through reading this book, it is clear that Grann did a careful and extensive amount of research prior to compiling the novel. Consequently, with so much information presented, it is a bit tough to remember all the names and roles of some characters presented. However, the book was overall very well researched and executed, so would definitely recommend!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shocking breathtaking and devastating
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had no idea of this tragic tale of the Osage Indians. This book reads like a novel, telling a part of our country’s history that needs to be told. Very well researched and written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well researched and documented story of a massive injustice toward the Osage people. The way our forbearers treated our Native Americans was one of the greatest injustices akin to slavery. I learned so much in reading this book, but there are still so many unanswered questions. Thanks to David Grann for his contribution to justice for the Osage.