**spoiler alert** As a big fan of Ken Follett since The Eye of the Needle", I have to say that I was a little disappointed throughout many chapters an**spoiler alert** As a big fan of Ken Follett since The Eye of the Needle", I have to say that I was a little disappointed throughout many chapters and felt it a struggle to hang in there. It just didn't seem like the Follett I was accustomed to in my previous reads, however, since I always make it a point to stay indulged with a book until the end, I was so glad I did in this case.
The pace picked up considerably in the second half and though it is actually a work of historical fiction, many events of the period were clarified to me. From the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre to The Spanish Armada, as well as the importance of Guy Fawkes in the history of England and Europe, much of the history of this era became much clearer.
Being a 12th generation, direct descendant of the Mayflower, I was additionally pleased at the way this story panned out at the very end.
I recommend this read for anyone who enjoys an entertaining read while also brushing up on their history, but just hang in there through the early parts - it does get much better.
When the Founding Fathers drew up the Declaration of Independence, they were aware of a paradox, the exclusion of slaves from the claim of rights granWhen the Founding Fathers drew up the Declaration of Independence, they were aware of a paradox, the exclusion of slaves from the claim of rights granted to all men by the Creator. They decided to pass the issue on to later generations believing that the time was not quite right to confront it.
They also had another "conundrum" to face, how to address the "Native American problem."
With Trail of Tears, then Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Killers of the Flower Mood rounds out a trilogy spanning less than one hundred years describing in detail the injustices incurred by the Native American at the hands of their invader, the white man.
The period of years from 1830 to 1920 transitions the history of America from the settling of the western frontier to the 19th century. From the Texas Rangers and the Pinkerton Detective Agency, to the founding of the FBI.
Killers of the Flower Moon reads like a crime fiction though it is a work of nonfiction. It characterizes Tom White (a genuine American hero in my book) as the good guy in the "white hat" and documents the events brought down on the victims (the Osage), this time not as a result of acquiring their lands, but of obtaining the oil reserves of the lands they were promulgated to by previous directives.
Though this work is a bit different from the previous 2 mentioned in the "trilogy" in that it is more of a story, per se, than an editorial or chronology of events, it brings home the point, and I have to say, it brings about a great deal of shame and remorse.
Incredibly, this story has been lost to the ages, but I would recommend it to every American to keep the truth alive. That truth may be painful, but it shouldn't be forgotten....more