Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
27/25 | Started 09.03.21 • Finished 09.19.21
A very interesting look at a piece of history about which I knew absolutely nothing. One would think that the systematic elimination of a people group would be something historians would deem worthy of covering, but my guess (and that of the rest of my book club) is that because it was against American Indians--such a minority--it didn't even register. Even if this explains the lack of notice, it just adds to the tragedy. People in high up places knew this was happening and instead of making a valiant effort at discovering what was going on, they threw stones at it.
History is a merciless judge. It lays bare our tragic blunders and foolish missteps and exposes our most intimate secrets, wielding the power of hindsight like an arrogant detective who seems to know the end of the mystery from the outset.
As a side note, there was some interesting information on the beginnings of the FBI. One point I thought particularly noteworthy was that its agents were originally meant to be unarmed white collar detectives. Anyway, all in all, a very insightful book with some great historical information on a little known part of American history.