Harvard Book Club --May 17

The next Harvard Club of Cincinnati Book Club meeting is set for Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bronte Cafe in the Joseph Beth Bookstore.

The selected book for our Wednesday, May 17th meeting is "Killers of the Flower Moon:  the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI," by David Grann.

Editorial Review:

New Yorker staff writer Grann (The Lost City of Z) burnishes his reputation as a brilliant storyteller in this gripping true-crime narrative, which revisits a baffling and frightening—and relatively unknown—spree of murders occurring mostly in Oklahoma during the 1920s. From 1921 to 1926, at least two dozen people were murdered by a killer or killers apparently targeting members of the Osage Indian Nation, who at the time were considered “the wealthiest people per capita in the world” thanks to the discovery of oil beneath their lands. The violent campaign of terror is believed to have begun with the 1921 disappearance of two Osage Indians, Charles Whitehorn and Anna Brown, and the discovery of their corpses soon afterwards, followed by many other murders in the next five years. The outcry over the killings led to the involvement in 1925 of an “obscure” branch of the Justice Department, J. Edgar Hoover’s Bureau of Investigation, which eventually charged some surprising figures with the murders.
Grann demonstrates how the Osage Murders inquiry helped Hoover to make the case for a “national, more professional, scientifically skilled”
police force. Grann’s own dogged detective work reveals another layer to the case that Hoover’s men had never exposed.  –Publishers Weekly

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     "Commander in Chief:  FDR's Battle with Churchill, 1943," by Nigel Hamilton

     "Dick Cole’s War:  Doolittle Raider, Hump Pilot, Air Commando,"
by Dennis R. Okerstrom

When:

Wednesday, 05/17/17 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm | iCal

Where:

Bronte Bistro--Joseph Beth Bookstore
2692 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45208

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Questions: Contact Book Club Chair Steve Strauss, sdstrauss@earthlink.net