Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - JB

by David Grann, Si­mon & Schus­ter.

This grip­ping true story of greed, mur­der and race starts in the 1920s, when oil was dis­cov­ered on the land of the Osage Indians of Ok­la­homa. Al­most overnight they be­came the rich­est peo­ple in the world, a state of af­fairs which so dis­tressed white Amer­i­cans they con­spired to rob them of their wealth. When in­ter-mar­riage worked too slowly, they used shot­guns, poi­son and ex­plo­sives to kill their own wives and rel­a­tives. This is also the story of the early years of the FBI, which stepped in af­ter years of bungled prose­cu­tions to con­firm the mur­der of dozens of Osage – though fresh re­search by David Grann sug­gests the true num­ber who died was in the hun­dreds. A riv­et­ing book.

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