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David Grann Uncovers a Harrowing History

“The historian [Louis F.] Burns once wrote, ’To believe that the Osages survived intact from their ordeal is a delusion of the mind. What has been possible to salvage has been saved and is dearer to our hearts because it survived. What is gone is treasured because it was what we once were. We gather our past and present into the depths of our being and face tomorrow. We are still Osage. We live and we reach old age for our forefathers.’”

David Grann’s newest nonfiction book, Killers of the Flower Moon, is an enthralling and disturbing exploration of one of the grisliest mysteries in American history.

David Grann is no stranger to deep diving into long-forgotten historical mysteries. His previous book, The Lost City of Z, a bestseller about an Amazonian explorer, was recently adapted as a film. In Killers of the Flower Moon, Grann turns his attention to the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. In the 1920s, the Osage people were some of the richest in America, thanks to great oil reserves on their reservation. But a string of suspicious deaths and outright murders of Osage tribe members at this time—later called the Reign of Terror—brought the newly created FBI to Osage County. Under the steady guidance of a former Texas Ranger, Tom White, the sinister truth was uncovered.

Grann draws you into this story by masterfully bringing to life the people involved—victims, perpetrators, and investigators. Killers of the Flower Moon will make you think about race, about our justice system, and about the prejudices that shaped a nation.

Listen to an excerpt from the audiobook, narrated by Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee & Danny Campbell  KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON

Praise for Killers of the Flower Moon:

“Killers of the Flower Moon is a magnificent book—a riveting true story of greed, serial murder, and racial injustice that exposes an extremely disturbing episode of American History. David Grann is a terrific journalist, and this is maybe the best thing he’s ever written.”
—Jon Krakauer

“A fascinating account of a tragic and forgotten chapter in the history of the American West. As in all his work, David Grann digs deep, and this powerful story reveals the unimaginable scale of these shocking murders almost a hundred years ago.”
—John Grisham

“David Grann has a razor keen instinct for suspense.  He shapes outrage into a principled steady insistence that voice be given to the victims and their descendants.  He creates deeply human portraits of every character in this drama—the evil, the just, the innocent, the doomed.  Through meticulous detective work, Grann rescues unbearable truth.”
—Louise Erdrich