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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
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Killers of the Flower Moon is the thrilling but deeply disturbing history of the Osage murders of the 1920s. Forced onto a reservation in an inhospitable corner of Oklahoma, the Osage Indian tribe became unwitting benefactors of the vast, untapped oil riches beneath their new home. Catapulted from being one of the nation's poorest communities to the world's richest, the Osage became targets for racist politicians and criminals, who envied and despised the tribe's new wealth. Only after the suspicious deaths of dozens of Osage Indians did the federal government step in to investigate, under the auspices of the cowboy lawman Tom White and the newly minted FBI.
Equal parts murder mystery and scathing expos of the U.S. treatment of Native Americans, David Grann has crafted a true crime history that entertains even as it forces the reader to confront the evils of our national past and the uncomfortable parallels visible today.