The New Title Tuesday recommendation, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI  by David Grann is in keeping with his previous works of literary true crime and conspiracy.  It is  more evidence of the limitless greed of man.

Too many of us are oblivious to the original sin of this nation’s settlers: dismissal, hatred and wanton genocide of the native inhabitants. But this same dismissal, hatred, and devaluation of human life continued long past Andrew Jackson’s criminal actions that resulted in the Trail of Tears and well into the 20th century.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI is not only a beautifully written narrative, but a difficult truth.  While many of us have a native American in our family tree, we may be guilty of ambivalence to the many horrific acts made against our own ancestors in our desire to assimilate.
I can’t say “Happy Reading,” but I can say this is an intriguing and compelling book. Susan C.


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Also by Grann:

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the AmazonIn 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called “The Lost City of Z.” In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett’s quest for “Z” and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century.

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The Lost City of Z Videorecording – The incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the twentieth century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus MacFadyen, Edward Ashley, Clive Francis, Ian McDiarmid, Franco Nero.  Credits: Director of photography, Darius Khondji ; editors, John Axelrad, Lee Haugen ; music, Christopher Spelman. MPAA rating: PG-13.  Violence, disturbing images, brief strong language and some nudity.


1 Devil and Holmes  The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession – Whether he’s reporting on the infiltration of the murderous Aryan Brotherhood into the U.S. prison system, tracking down a chameleon con artist in Europe, or riding in a cyclone- tossed skiff with a scientist hunting the elusive giant squid, David Grann revels in telling stories that explore the nature of obsession and that piece together true and unforgettable mysteries.  Each of the dozen stories in this collection reveals a hidden and often dangerous world and, like Into Thin Air and The Orchid Thief, pivots around the gravitational pull of obsession and the captivating personalities of those caught in its grip. There is the world’s foremost expert on Sherlock Holmes who is found dead in mysterious circumstances; an arson sleuth trying to prove that a man about to be executed is innocent; and sandhogs racing to complete the brutally dangerous job of building New York City’s water tunnels before the old system collapses. Throughout, Grann’s hypnotic accounts display the power—and often the willful perversity—of the human spirit.  Compulsively readable, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant mosaic of ambition, madness, passion, and folly.



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