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RE: Recommendations for interesting non-fiction history books
Just finished The Red Famine by Anne Applebaum about the Holodomor. Tough read stylistically but very well researched.
01-05-2018 04:29 PM
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RE: Recommendations for interesting non-fiction history books
(12-26-2017 06:41 AM)AdoptedMonarch Wrote:  
(12-25-2017 10:53 AM)Fort Bend Owl Wrote:  I just finished reading a really good one by David Grann called 'Killers of the Flower Moon' which details the reign of terror of the killings of the Osage Indians in the 1920's to get their oil wealth (it also talks about the birth of the FBI). Very good book, especially if you weren't as familiar with the story as some may be (I realize other sources have talked about the Osage murders but I guess they've escaped my reading and viewing lists). I may try one of his other books (Lost City of Z seems interesting).

I love the Erik Larson genre of historical non-fiction books about interesting murders. My favorites from Larson are Isaac's Storm (well that's more about the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 so no true killing spree by a serial killer but it's a fascinating and quick read nonetheless). But my favorite by him is Devil and the White City which talks about the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago and Dr. H.H. Holmes, who many have called America's first serial killer. That one is a great read and I can't believe it hasn't been turned into a film yet.

Any other suggestions in that genre?

"Killers of the Flower Moon" was one of my Christmas gifts. I am looking forward to it.

I've enjoyed all of the Larsen books you mention. Another of that quality and similar subject matter is "The Devil in the Grove" by Gilbert King. It follows the efforts of the NCAA to prosecute lynchings in Florida.

F.B. Owl, I just finished "Killers of the Flower Moon". It was excellent. I thought it even better than Grann's more popular book, "Lost City of Z", mostly because there was less guesswork involved in the presentation.

Thanks for starting this thread.
01-07-2018 03:13 PM
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