Negli anni Venti la popolazione più ricca d’America erano gli indiani Osage dell’Oklahoma: nel momento in cui gli idrocarburi stavano per diventare la risorsa più importante del pianeta, sotto il loro suolo furono trovati enormi giacimenti. Giravano in auto di lusso, vivevano in case faraoniche, mandavano i figli a studiare nelle migliori scuole d’Europa.
Poi, a uno a uno, iniziarono a morire ammazzati. Sparati, avvelenati, vittime di agguati e imboscate, sempre in circostanze misteriose. E in questo strascico di ‘vecchio west’ – tra petrolieri emergenti come J.P. Getty e fuorilegge come Al ‘Terrore fantasma’ Spencer – chiunque osasse investigare finiva anch’egli sottoterra.
Quando le morti superarono le due dozzine il caso fu preso in mano dall’FBI, appena nato, diretto da un giovane e ancora inesperto J. Edgar Hoover. Fu messa insieme una squadra di investigatori di origine indiana: si infiltrarono, alcuni finirono male, comunque adottarono tutti i mezzi più o meno leciti a loro disposizione per portare alla luce una cospirazione agghiacciante.
David Grann, dopo anni di ricerche, ci consegna questa vicenda che è riuscito a trasformare in un libro mozzafiato, da leggere come un thriller, una spy story. Un brillante scorcio di una maledetta storia americana.
- ISBN: 8867002791
- Casa Editrice: Corbaccio
- Pagine: 352
- Data di uscita: 19-10-2017
”Today our hearts are divided between two worlds. We are strong and courageous, learning to walk in these two worlds, hanging on to the threads of our culture and traditions as we live in a predominantly non-Indian society. Our history, our culture, our heart, and our home will always be stretching Leggi tutto
Reading about injustice -historical tragedies--such greed - such ugliness---does something to us. It's hard to explain the depths of what transforms. We feel the anger... the incredible unfairness. We feel different- changed in ways - after reading a book like this. It's the type of book that makes
That we as a nation, less than one hundred years after the Osage Indian killings, have no collective memory of these events seems an intentional erasure. The truth of the killings would traumatize our school children and make every one of us search our souls, of that there is no doubt. David Grann s Leggi tutto
3 to 3.5 stars Interesting and eye opening. A scary true story of greed and racism in the development of the American West. This is one of those hard to read and accept truths of American history. If you enjoy history and/or true crime I think this is worth giving a go. My main criticism is that while Leggi tutto
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann is a 2017 Doubleday publication. A Conspiracy is everything that ordinary life is not. It’s the inside game, cold, sure, undistracted, forever closed off to us. We are the flawed ones, the innocents, trying to make some rough sense of the daily jostle. Cons Leggi tutto
I don't know why or even how, after all I have read, I can still be surprised at man's cunning and greed. I knew nothing about the Osage Indians, certainly nothing about headrights that provided them with a great deal of money.It is the money and the way the law was provisioned that made them a targ Leggi tutto
This is a chilling story — hard to believe it's actually true, hard to believe I've never heard of this before. And mostly, hard to believe so many people could be so cruel and callous. David Grann, a journalist, has done an excellent job investigating and chronicling the terrible story of the Osage Leggi tutto
This book is haunting. It covers the deaths of at least 24, but in reality many more, members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma, the richest people per capita in the world, at that time. In the first part of the book we get to meet some of the people who were murdered. In the second part of the Leggi tutto
A good nonfiction book will read as fast as a good piece of fiction, all the while imparting new knowledge to the reader. Destiny of the Republic, by Candice Millard, is a prime example. Now comes Killers of the Flower Moon. Enthralling, it tells not only of the killing spree against the Osage, but
A fairly horrifying true crime story of the murder of multiple Osage Indians in the 1920s. Basically an extra-long New Yorker magazine piece - well-written, interesting history, a quick read; the last section drops the voice of god narration and provides some perspective on the practice of investiga Leggi tutto
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