Killer of the Flower Moon – Book Review

Author: David GrannAuthor:

David GrannPublisher: Doubleday, Penguin Random House LLC

Copyright: 2017, ISBN: 0385542487

Cover: John Fontana

Reviewed by: Lynard Barnes, August 27, 2017

Summary: Approach this book with a question. Why should we care about the murder of some American Indians in Oklahoma almost a hundred years ago? The answer is here. While this book reads like an historical crime thriller, it is really a sociological study exposing the darkest side of human nature.

Before reading KILLER OF THE FLOWER MOON, if asked when the modern Federal Bureau of Investigation got its start, I would have answered 1934. It was in 1934 that FBI agents were allowed to carry firearms. (Perhaps a better answer would be 1972 when women regained the right to become agents after being banned from the service for forty or so years). As explained in Grann’s absorbing focus on the events in 1924 Oklahoma, a far better answer to the question is in fact 1924. John Edgar Hoover was appointed the sixth Director of what became known as the FBI and immediately put his dubious imprint on the organization. The imprint involved more than just a law enforcement culture. It also molded a public relations style. Law enforcement moved beyond being a mere service. Law enforcement became a profession. Substance morphed into style and substance. Some would say more style than substance, but that’s debatable.

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