Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
ISBN: 0307742482
EAN13: 9780307742483
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 3, 2018
Pages: 400
Dimensions: 0.78" H x 8" L x 5.19" W
Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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5
   Buy it now & read it before the movie comes out!!
I can't say enough good things about this book. I like to read about 5 books at the same time and lean toward mostly non-fiction. The book was so good that I couldn't put it down. I was sad it was over because I wanted to find out all the details. Grann tells of another time period when white society abused American Indians in the case of the Osage. He uses the right words to describe the crimes they committed. Go and buy this book. I hope the movie is good, but it probably won't do the book justice because it's a great read.
 
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   loved the book but not the diskk
If you've read Killers of the flower Moon, you'll know it's an amazing book. I would recommend it to everyone. The story of murder and the beginning of the FBI is a nonfiction one that is impossible to forget. Why did I only give the disk two stars? It's because of a bad choice in the first reader. The book is strong and powerful but she reads it like a mom reading a story to her toddler. The soft voice with a reassuring tone ruins the tone of the book she is reading.
 
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   American History Untold
If you were to paint a group of people with a broad brush, you would have to say that people of European descent have extraordinary genes for being cruel and greedy. The children of the descendants of European people are revolting against their heritage. They are repulsed by the knowledge that we non-white people don't know. The atrocities visited on the Osage are just one example of how Europeans have treated non-Europeans in close contact with them as less than humans. We are thankful that a member of the White race told the story. It is just so sad.
 
5
   Tragedy in America
This book should be read in high school and college. The myth of the United States being the symbol of freedom and equality for all is illustrated by the horrible acts of inhumanity to the Indians by people of white European decent. It goes far beyond what is considered callous and depraved. The author is a master at building research into a novel. The people are present and past. The pages are alive with a promise stolen, pain and loss, heritage lost, but with a fight to regain as much as possible, and a horrible sense of acts of extermination. It was frightening.
 
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   Awful writing dwarfs interesting topic
The book was keeping me awake. I usually like non-fiction but this was not interesting. I felt like I was reading a paper written by a college student and it was not cohesive. I didn't know anything about the murders and the injustice of them. The author didn't try to develop a story line or plot, and didn't try to get the reader to be emotional. A bunch of factoids from old documents were thrown into a book. The author bit off more than he could chew. The writing quality did not do justice to the topic of this magnitude.
 
4
   Not an auspicious birth.
The book was thoroughly researched and written. I gave it 4 stars because it dragged the investigation into the first 6 murders out to 98% of the book and only then did the author reveal that there were more than 600 murders. The investigators never realized the extent of the murders or conspiracy. Most of the conspiracy is lost to time and memories of a few descendants. The victims will never receive justice. The FBI's start was not very good. The Bureau led by Hoover is suspected of ignoring what the author discovered from its own files and a few key interviews.
 
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   Intense
The book was a page turner and hard to put down. Racist, greed, jealousy, and corruption are some of the factors that lead to murder. This was an important time in the history of the United States and especially of Oklahoma, which was not covered in any of the school texts that I read. The author was able to include so many historical pictures because there are so many characters in the book. The pictures helped me keep reading and not have to refer back to earlier parts of the book because they helped to keep all of the characters and what part they played in history straight for me. This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in true crime shows on TV.
 
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   Addressed the subject from a modern progressive point of view.
This was a terrible outcome of the era that was examined. His subject would have been more meaningful if he had looked at the values of that era. The historical analysis would be more useful if there was an explanation of the attitudes of the time. While the author was critical of the private investigation system which existed in the 19th century when he wrote of his brief references about Detective Burns, he gave J. Edgar Hoover a free pass! The book was built upon a preconceived modern opinion of the author, and it shows in my opinion.
 
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   Fantastic Sleep Aid!
The book was very eye opening. I didn't know that a thing had happened in our history. It is sad that some people are so bad. The story is poorly written. It is bone dry. He repeats himself a lot. He goes off on unrelated topics. I would have no idea what I was reading because my mind would wander off while I was reading.
 
5
   Heartbreaking Story of Greed and Murder
Wow. This was a very interesting story. It shows a time in our country's history when I was not taught. Many murderers got away with the murder of the Osage Indians. David Grann does a good job of telling the story in an orderly way for the reader to follow. There is no neat and tidy wrap up. The reader gets the feeling that only a few of the guilty ever had to answer for their actions. Grann does a good job of following up on the loose ends, but so much time has passed since the incident that questions will never be answered.
 
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