By: David Grann
Standalone | 316 Pages | Pub. 2017
Overall Rating: ★★★★
I can’t remember who’s blog I saw this book on, but I am so glad that I did. This year I have decided to read more variety. Last year was the year of YA fantasy and while I still love it, I need some nonfiction and thrillers in my life.
I love true crime – spent this whole weekend watching The Ted Bundy Tapes – and history, so this seemed like a perfect blend. I grew up in New Mexico in a reservation border town and worked for 2 ½ years on the Navajo Reservation in the schools, but I had no frame of reference for any other tribes in this country. I NEEDED this book.
The Osage history is unique in that they purchased their land and received oil settlements instead of being forced into poverty. They had drivers for their expensive cars and white servants. However, tribe members were not allowed to handle their own money and rich white men were appointed guardians. Essentially the patriarchy took over and decided that American Indians were not competent enough to spend their own money. Which is ridiculous.
“The Osage Indians are becoming so rich that something will have to be done about it.”
Money breeds greed and fear and even conspiracy. Many Osage members are found dead, either shot or poisoned and no one can seem to figure out who or why they are dying. Enveloped in this rich history, is essentially a serial killer. But is it one person or a larger conspiracy?
Grann manages a perfect balance of intrigue and history, giving us the background we need to understand why this could be happening. Eventually, we learn how the FBI came to be involved in the case and see the beginnings of that organization. I, like plenty of people, had no idea how it was born, nor have I ever really thought about the history of the FBI.
I loved this book so if you are interested in a historical nonfiction with a twist of murder, definitely check this book out!
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