Killers Of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The FBI Book Discussion

killers of the flower moon




Read or listen to "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the F.B.I." by David Grann, and join us for a stimulating discussion of the book.

DATE: Thursday, September 28th

TIME:  2:00-3:00 pm

LOCATION:  Central Library Greadington Learning and Creativity Center


“Sometimes Cormac McCarthy writes a great American novel; every so often the Coen brothers make a great American film – and in the best traditions of American journalism, someone comes up with a story that cuts to a kernel of the national narrative; here is one of those. [It] is the story of a nation, the Osage, driven on to what the white man thought was another patch of dust; but beneath which, it emerged, lay one of the richest oilfields in America. [It is] about how the cynical greed of the initial oil rush, and quick money it promised, led to a sinister – but also singular — persecution and mass murder of the Osage…With local “law enforcement” entirely in the hands of a corrupt oligarchy, whose purpose was to break the law, the killing of the Osage became the first major murder investigation, and cause celebre, of the FBI, and its ambitious new director, J Edgar Hoover.”---Ed Vulliamy, The Guardian

“Grann has proved himself a master of spinning delicious, many-layered mysteries that happen to be true…[He] takes what was already a fascinating and disciplined recording of a forgotten chapter in American history, and with the help of contemporary Osage tribe members, he illuminates a sickening conspiracy that goes far deeper than those four years of horror. It will sear your soul. Among the towering thefts and crimes visited upon the native peoples of the continent, what was done to the Osage must rank among the most depraved and ignoble.”---Dave Eggers, The New York Times

“In 1921, a boy hunting squirrels near Fairfax, Oklahoma, found the body of Anna Brown. She had been shot in the back of the head. At about the same time, an oil worker stumbled on the corpse of Charles Whitehorn. That summer, Lizzie Burkhart, Anna’s mother, stopped breathing. Her relatives suspected that she had been poisoned. And then dozens more Osage Indians — who had become the richest people per capita in the world after oil was discovered beneath their land — began to die under suspicious circumstances…A suspenseful and scintillating who-done-it, his book is a tale of greed, racism and the callous indifference of duly constituted authorities.”--- Glenn C. Altschuler, Tulsa World

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