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Recommendations for interesting non-fiction history books
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?
12-25-2017 10:53 AM
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(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.
12-26-2017 06:41 AM
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If you are at all interested in non American history, I can't recommend Eureka Street: A Novel of Ireland Like No Other by Robert McLiam Wilson enough. It's a great book about a couple of friends, one a rough and tumble Catholic, the other, a chubby Protestant boy with big dreams, trying to live a life in the war zone that was Belfast in the mid 90s.
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(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?

scorsese's doing the devil in the white city. fascinating book. even though the architect's plight was harrowing indeed, hh holmes was spellbinding. really want to check out isaac's storm

the last good history book i read was edward peyson weston's semi biography by wayne curtis called the last great walk. ed weston was a professional walker in the late eighteen hundreds and early nineteens. we would walk across the country up till he was in his mid eighties. he might have been said to have invented merchandising as he hawked genuine ed peyson weston souvies along his path. he's becoming one of my favorite historical figures. loved cocaine

his official biography was called a man in a hurry
12-26-2017 09:48 AM
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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo. The story of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, the highest ranking black man in European military history. Hes also the father of Alexandre Dumas (The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers).
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The Tyrannicide Brief explains how the law was used to try and execute Charles the First and set the stage for the international war tribunals.
American Nations, compelling argument that who first settles a region sets the culture of the region.
Adams vs. Jefferson. self-explantory.
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RE: Recommendations for interesting non-fiction history books
(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 heard an interview with Grann, and was fascinated by the story, shameful as it was (Largely Forgotten Osage Murders Reveal A Conspiracy Against Wealthy Native Americans : NPR)
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I just ordered Devil in the Grove.

Actually Scorsese (and Leonardo DiCaprio who is surgically attached to Scorsese's hip) are reportedly going to film both Devil in the White City and Killers of the Flower Moon. But I don't know - seems like DiCaprio has been attached to the Erik Larson book for awhile and nothing may ever come out of it.
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Thank you, for recommending this book.
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If you haven't read Larson's Dead Wake about the Lusitania, it is a great read. Two others I can recommend are "The Unthinkable, Who Survives and Why" by Amanda Ripley and "Freakonomics" by Stephen Dubnar and Steven Levitt. Neither is a new book but both are fascinating reads.
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