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The Killers of the Flower Moon
The Killers of the Flower Moon | David Grann
From the bestselling author of The Lost City of Z, soon to be a major film starring Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller and Robert Pattison, comes a true-life murder story which became one of the newly-created FBI's first major homicide investigations. 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 this was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization's first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled it. In desperation, its young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. Together with the Osage he and his undercover team began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
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Rachel.Rencher
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I'm really enjoying my last couple days of free time! On Monday, it's back to school as a student and a teacher. 🤓📚

This book is so interesting. There's a lot that I never knew about the beginning of oil drilling, forced assimilation of Native Americans, Oklahoma, etc. I'm only about halfway through, but it's hard to put down.

ljuliel Hi Rachel, Since you liked this one, there‘s another coming out in February along the same lines. Thought you might be interested. I know nothing about it, but it sounds good. https://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Bird-Murder-Justice-Country-ebook/dp/B07S7M6X56/re... 6d
Rachel.Rencher @ljuliel Sounds interesting. Thank you! 6d
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Rachel.Rencher
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I've been on a nonfiction binge lately. I'm really intrigued by this story, so I'm excited to dive in. 🤓

Hooked_on_books It‘s a great book! 1w
GingerAntics I enjoyed this book! I hope you do, too. 1w
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Itchyfeetreader
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Away with work and taking advantage of an air con hotel room for an early night with a glass of wine and this book from @jenniferw88 Jenny had a real chuckle when the postcard fell out ! Thanks for the book and the laugh!!

Blaire Enjoy!! That book has been on my tbr for awhile. 3w
jenniferw88 Glad the card made you laugh! 😸 3w
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Olivia306
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So well written but completely shocking and devastating. The total disregard for human life, the devastation that affected Osage generations to come, the extent of people‘s greed... I think there could be ten investigations done and still they‘d only scratch the surface of this tragedy. A compelling read indeed.

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thereadingowlvina
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chuckstar158
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I'd never heard of this Reign of Terror on the Osage before picking up this book and I was shocked. Fascinating history and I'll always remember thinking, upon looking at his picture, "yup, he looks like the kind of guy who'd do something like this."

Megabooks Completely agree! 1mo
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thereadingowlvina
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Conspiracy. Plot Within Plot. Greed. Lies - What a powerful and gripping story!

Rating: 5⭐

For my full review please visit https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2886630006

Mummahgoose I‘m so ready for fall! (Love the staging in your pic 🥰) 1mo
thereadingowlvina @Mummahgoose Aw thanks!!! Fall is the best season and I can't wait for fall too! Summer is way too hot!!! 😓😓😓 1mo
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thereadingowlvina
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Update! 😊

✅ Something From Another Country ➡️ The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu (Joshua Hammer)

✅ Something You Pick ➡️ Killers Of The Flower Moon (David Grann)

#nonfiction2019 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

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Addison_Reads
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#ReadingUSA2019 #Oklahoma @Librarybelle

Excellent book! If you haven't read this one yet, add it to your TBR. It's informative and well researched.

Librarybelle Good choice! I haven‘t had a chance to read it yet but hope to soon! 2mo
Smrloomis I thought this one was fascinating! 2mo
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Megabooks
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There is rarely #HonorAmongThieves, and there certainly was none among the white men stealing the Osage Indian head rights for oil on the Indian‘s land. Each Osage had a right to a certain among of money dispersed, but the money had to be administered by white people, leading to theft, murder, and the formation of the FBI. Really fascinating book, and a Kindle Daily Deal today. Pick it up! #StarTrekSummerJune

ferskner This is such an amazing (and horrifying) book. I think my jaw was dropped the entire time. 2mo
Suet624 @ferskner I felt the same way. 2mo
Scochrane26 Loved this book. Def horrifying 2mo
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ShyBookOwl
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Finally got a library card. Borrowed this one on 🎧
It's been on my TBR for a while. So far, so good!

MsLeah8417 Great choice! 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders I love listening to Will Patton...will try to track down the audio for this one now (have the hardcover on my shelf...) 2mo
ABookGeek Great book! 2mo
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ShyBookOwl @Penny_LiteraryHoarders maybe your library has it. If not, I'm almost certain audible has it 2mo
Scochrane26 One of my favorites last yr 2mo
marleed It‘s so good. And an important story too! 2mo
ShyBookOwl @marleed absolutely! I don't know a lot about indigenous history in America (I'm Canadian so I'm very familiar with it here). 2mo
marleed There another 2019 book called There There by Tommy Orange. He provides a current day perspective of the Urban American Indian. It‘s very good. And I respectfully use the term Indian to describe his book because he uses the term to describe himself. 2mo
ShyBookOwl @marleed nice! Thanks for the rec 2mo
CherylRussell Great book! My husband isn‘t a reader, but he finished this in a week. 2mo
ShyBookOwl @CherylRussell oooh, that's promising. My husband isn't much of a reader either but I might convince him to try this one 2mo
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j9brown
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Here's another nightmarish stain on American history. I never learned or heard about any of this. Sometimes it seems like there's no limit to human's capacity for greed, and no shortage of people with no regard for human life. So depressing.
Well-written and fascinating and shocking, I highly recommend this. And there are a few good people who bring back a little hope for humanity.

RaimeyGallant Well said. 2mo
margotenenbaum this book is sooo good 2mo
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Mindyrecycles
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Best nonfiction I read in 2018. Infuriating and riveting. #themoonsong #maymoviemagic

IamIamIam Wasn't it fascinating? It made me really want to research reservation life in the early part of three century. I had no idea the Native Americans were so rich but treated as less than human. 3mo
kindergartenkat Loved this one! 3mo
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Oblomov26
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I had no idea about this piece of American history. The Osage Indians, driven from one reservation to another, in the earlier twentieth century found themselves in possession of the richest oil rights in the US and then members of the community started to die. A tale of exploitation, greed and murder, the resulting case which was essential to the formation of the modern FBI and the investigation of the author into the true scope of the crimes.

Cortg I read this AND listened to the audiobook. Unbelievable! 3mo
Cathythoughts I have this on Audible.... must get to it 👍🏻 3mo
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Blueberry
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Bought at the thrift store today for $1. 😃

alisonrose This was really good, though it feels weird to say so when the subject matter is so horrifying. But it‘s definitely an important read. 3mo
Blueberry @alisonrose I know exactly what you mean. 3mo
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Cortg
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I read this 2 years ago and just finished the audiobook for book club. I find this story an intriguing piece of US History and I‘m glad to have the story told to me. I‘m looking forward to the movie, Matthew McConaughey is my favorite!

Tamra A movie? Yes! 3mo
Cortg @Tamra Yes! But don‘t hold your breath. It‘s been in the works for 2 years and there isn‘t much info about it on IMDb. Patience is a virtue. (edited) 3mo
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“On May 14, he‘d left his #home, in the southwestern part of the reservation, for Pawhuska. He never returned.”
#QuotsyMay19

#Oklahoma

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JanuarieTimewalker13
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This is a dark park of American history I was unaware of. I started the physical book, got 77% in, and forwarded it to a friend, knowing I could finish up with audio. If you read this book, I would go with the physical copy. There are photos, notes and bibliography. Prepare to be disgusted with the horror of how some of the whites systematically killed the Osage for head rights. The FBI accounted for 24, but there were many, many more. #Oklahoma

Cathythoughts Great review! I have on Audible... I must get to it 4mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Cathythoughts I liked listening to it, but if you can take a hard copy or ebook out of the library...you‘ll want to see photos. One photo speaks volumes...I don‘t want to say anything bc it‘s a spoiler. I think he mentions it in the book, but seeing the photo was powerful. 4mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh, and thank you!! 4mo
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Cathythoughts 😘 4mo
Cinfhen Well played 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review and pick for this prompt! 👊🏻📚♥️ 2mo
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Mdargusch
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This outrageous story of the Osage Indians becoming millionaires and then getting killed off one by one was like a punch to the gut. I had no idea about this dark part of American history.

#dontgobreakingmyheart
#anglophileapril

Aimeesue Completely irrelevant aside: I love your glass bird! I have several that belonged to my grandmother, and some I bought on my own because now I apparently collect them to put in my windows. 😄 4mo
Reviewsbylola Great choice. I still remember this book and reading it so vividly. 4mo
Mdargusch I love that @Aimeesue What a great thing to collect! (edited) 4mo
Cinfhen Stunning photo and yes, this book was infuriating and heartbreaking 4mo
emilyhaldi Omg so jealous of those lilacs 4mo
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Eyelit
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Finishing up this riveting (and infuriating) book this quiet evening - with some cuddly companions. #catsoflitsy

rretzler 😻 4mo
Dragon 😻 4mo
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rachelk
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U.S. history, true crime, mystery and suspense all in one important, gut wrenching book. Why didn‘t I learn about any of this in school? My only issue is that it did feel a bit too drawn out. I think this *might* be that rare book that will work even better as a movie. I am excited that Scorsese & DiCaprio are in production with it — every U.S. citizen should know this story. #nonfiction #history #crime

JanuarieTimewalker13 I just finished this. I‘m so disgusted and infuriated at the vast injustice the Osage experienced. I‘m glad this story got exposure, and I‘m happy BOTM picked it 2 years ago. I finally got to it. I can‘t wait for the film either! (edited) 4mo
rachelk @JanuarieTimewalker13 Yes, I completely agree! 4mo
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Sweettartlaura
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Oh, look! Big Oil is about to celebrate 100 years of undue influence in our politics. They must be so proud 🙄

Eyelit I‘m currently reading this too. So infuriating! 4mo
Sweettartlaura Absolutely @eyelit 😡 4mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain
🌸The tagged book and Bag of Bones by SK
🌸 The Female Of The Species by MM
🌸 Purple, but I truly love so many colors. In fact, yellow was my favorite color in my 20s. Who could live without blue? Not me. So soothing, plus you need it to make purple 😀

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heikemarie
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I am listening to this on audiobook while I clean and meal prep. The first narrator (woman) was fine but the second one sounds like he‘s trying to hard to be a 1929s gangster mixed with Wil Willis, the host of forged in fire. But the most suspicious version of him possible. It is disconcerting and it makes me think every new character introduced is a murderer because of how on edge he sounds... 😂

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Jen2
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Fabulous!!!

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TheRomantiCate
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Thank you, thank you, thank you to @Princess-Kingofkings for my #MadHatterTeaPartySwap packages!! I‘ve been dying to read this book and you nailed my tea preferences!! Thank you so much!!

@TheReadingMermaid thank you for putting this swap together!! 🤗🤗🤗

SmartSassery Very cool! 💜 5mo
Princess-Kingofkings @TheRomantiCate you are incredibly welcome! I'm so glad it worked out for me to participate. 5mo
TheReadingMermaid 😍😍😍 5mo
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TheReadingMermaid Thank you again @Princess-Kingofkings for stepping in and helping us with the swap. You are incredibly generous and have the most beautiful heart 💖 5mo
TheRomantiCate @Princess-Kingofkings I agree with @TheReadingMermaid 😍 I really appreciate you stepping in ♥️♥️ 5mo
Princess-Kingofkings @TheReadingMermaid & @TheRomantiCate thanks for the encouragement ~ I hope to participate properly in the future with more time to add extras! 5mo
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Suet624
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I really have to stop reading such grim books. Greed, money, death, more greed, more money, more death. 😀 I think I‘m supposed to be getting the message, as if I didn‘t know already, that people are capable of truly horrendous deeds in order to have more money. The history of what the federal government, townspeople, and even a family member did to the Osage is gut wrenching. Again, important to know, but hard to take.

Theaelizabet Yes, this one was fascinating, but unrelenting, as I remember. 5mo
kspenmoll Great review; this book was wrenching as you say! 💕 5mo
minkyb I need to read this sooner rather than later! 5mo
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Suet624 @minkyb well....maybe not. 😀 5mo
minkyb I don‘t read much non fiction but I need to read this one. Some day. 5mo
mdhughes72 Having a hard time getting through this. 5mo
Suet624 @mdhughes72 because you don‘t like the writing or because it‘s making you feel terrible? 5mo
mdhughes72 @Suet624 I‘m listening to it on audio and have only managed to get through the first 1/3. Just seems dry and tedious. Am I crazy? 5mo
Suet624 Not crazy. The last 1/3 is even more so. I just can‘t quit a book. One of my failings. 😁 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m currently reading this, and I wish I had listened to audiobook. Its a bit treacherous and slow. Yet, I feel obligated to finish it bc as an American I should know this. I was never taught about this. I think the film should be outstanding. 4mo
Suet624 @JanuarieTimewalker13 Yes, I can imagine this would be difficult to get through. I think it could have been edited a bit better to cut it down. I‘m happy he wrote the book because it‘s important to know. It‘s definitely worth getting to the end of the book if you can as some additional information is provided that adds to the story. 4mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Yes, I‘m on page 207 right now. I‘ve already taken a gander at the notes and bibliography...this is the plus to having the physical copy. I‘ve already given the finger to the photo of William Hale..he‘s long dead..but his photo brought it out of me. Ughhh, sickening...Had to be brutal for David Grant to write this book. 4mo
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AReedCollett
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Roger's Public Library Books and Brews club's April discussion covered this fascinating read covering one of the darkest times of the Osage people.

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Redwritinghood
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Squeezing in one more before the end of the month. This was riveting! I had never heard about the Osage ‘Reign of Terror‘ until this book. Grann does a great job of building a story and making history come alive. This is a story of greed and prejudice and hubris in a veritable Wild West. There is also some background of the development of the FBI into a more professional organization, but, to my mind, not enough to warrant the subtitle. 4⭐️ #SABC

Megabooks Great book! 5mo
readordierachel Ok, you just moved this way up on my tbr! 5mo
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Lauram
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Two weeks ago, I participated in #sixonstpaddys hosted by @Samplergal and read just long enough to start and finish this book (5hrs). I found it to be well-written, meticulously researched, and one of the most engaging books I‘ve read this year. #LitsyAtoZ

kspenmoll This book mesmerized me. 5mo
Lauram @kspenmoll Me too! Everyone in my book club felt the same way. 5mo
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tjwill New to me author 5mo
Cinfhen Thanks for tagging us🎉🎉🎉 5mo
4thhouseontheleft Great job! 🎉🙌🏽📚 5mo
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Judybskt
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☮️ Virgo
🍀 Nothing comes to mind. Maybe not losing my cool when I‘m dealing with idiots.
📖 Tagged - it was for bookclub. I was halfway through but other books were calling me!
🥍 Lacrosse game in the AM. Visiting a friend in the hospital in the afternoon.
💙 #friyayintro
@howjessreads

monalyisha I DNF‘ed that, too, actually. I still think I‘ll go back one day & finish it. 5mo
monalyisha @Judybskt Oh! I think we‘ve had this conversation before. 😅😆 5mo
Judybskt @monalyisha 😂😂 5mo
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Eggbeater
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A very patronizing Thomas Jefferson once referred to the Osage people as "my children." This type of condescension would have a deadly, ominous impact on them. The outcome is not surprising. It's insane that I've never heard of this part of American history before. The author did a good job showing that justice was not neatly tied in a bow here. The FBI cut its teeth on this case, but can justice ever really be served?

Prettytears I read this quote about justice recently: "Justice isn't blind. Justice is lazy." And I started this book, I still have to get around to finishing it, especially before the film comes out. 5mo
Gezemice @Prettytears There is a film? That should be great! Thanks for the heads-up. 5mo
Gezemice I found this one pretty mind-blowing, too. How wide-spread it was! Crazy! 5mo
Prettytears @Gezemice Yeah a film is in the works and Martin Scorcese and Leonardo Dicaprio are said to be attached to it. 5mo
Gezemice @Prettytears That sounds like it is in good hands. It is a story that could go wrong easily on screen, but it could be great if done well. 5mo
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Aimeesue
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Holy cow. This book is making me furious at humanity and the greed that drives some of us. I would like to go back in time and punch some people. Or at least glare at them disdainfully.

Weaponxgirl I‘ll join you in the punching people. 5mo
Aimeesue @Weaponxgirl Good. I‘ll need a lot of back up or a posse, because I have arthritis and am really short, so I‘m afraid my punches would be very ineffective. 5mo
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Heatherfeather
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Hard to say I enjoyed this dark, dark tale, but it is a necessary read and I was riveted.

bookaholic1 ❤❤❤ it!! 5mo
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IamIamIam
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An absolutely chilling account of the systematic decimation of Osage tribe members over their head rights for oil during the 1920s. I wouldn't have grabbed this if it wasn't for the #SocialAwarenessBookClub and @laurenslibrary! Thinking about this for #Booked2019 #PoliticalIntrigue too.

CorinnaBechko This is the second time t huh is week I've heard someone praise this book. Must be time for me to read it! 5mo
IamIamIam @CorinnaBechko It's a sign!! The story is heartbreaking but it's a great read. Well organized and researched and you really get to know the Osage characters. 5mo
CorinnaBechko @IamIamIam just the kind of thing I've been looking for! 5mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Wow. Just wow. This book was well written, well researched, and absolutely horrifying.

#SABC #catsoflitsy #Ember

booklahoma I'm sure the book is great, but please just mail Ember to me. What a beautiful feline! 🐈 5mo
Weaponxgirl I felt the same way with this book 5mo
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Although I usually can only manage one non-fiction book a year, I'm tearing through this one because it's got the drama of a novel with the sobering grounding of historical fact. In the early 1920s, oil made the Osage Tribe millionaires and whites couldn't stand it. Murders chip away at the community while corruption and collusion make justice impossible. The early FBI investigates, with its own baggage. Fascinating read.

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Weaponxgirl
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This book is really well written and easy to read in that way but the content inside makes it a hard read.
It‘s the sort of history that everyone should know but don‘t and will make your heart sink.
I don‘t think I would have picked this up on my own so I‘m really glad for #sabc putting this on my radar.
I‘m kinda just lost for words after this.

dariazeoli I just finished and I agree with you! 5mo
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