The Woods Hole Public Library’s Social Justice Book Group’s next book is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. The Group will meet at the Library on Wednesday, August 21 at 7:30 PM. Copies of the book await the borrower at the Woods Hole Library. Eight Cousins also has a supply in store for sale.
Mr. Grann has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2003. He is the bestselling author of The Devil and Sherlock Holmes and The Lost City of Z. He was a senior editor at The New Republic, and from 1995 until 1996, the executive editor of the newspaper The Hill. He holds master’s degrees in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy as well as in creative writing from Boston University. After graduating from Connecticut College in 1989, he received a Thomas Watson Fellowship and did research in Mexico, where he began his career in journalism. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.
Killers of the Flower Moon was named A New York Times Notable Book as well as
“one of the best books of the year” by Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, NPR, Vogue, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub, Amazon and Slate.
Although the Library’s group does not usually focus on such main-stream titles, the story of injustice in this book is compelling. It has been described as “a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.” It involves attempted murder of a whole tribe.
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage 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. More and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.
As the death toll surpassed more than twenty-four Osage, the newly created FBI took up the case in what became one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations. The young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger to try to unravel the mystery. They put together an undercover team, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
This Book Group is open to the public; all are welcome. For more information, visit the Library’s website at www.woodsholepubliclibrary.org.