This year's selection for the Tufts AS&E Common Reading book is David Grann's Killer of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. The book traces the history of a series of murders of Osage people during the 1920s. The author uses newspaper accounts, published and unpublished biographies, court transcripts, government documents, and interviews with descendants to piece together the story of who was really behind the murder of more than 20 members of the Osage nation. This case was a pivotal one for the growth of the FBI, as Hoover consolidated power and sought to apply modern forensic methods to detective work.
The Common Reading program is an opportunity to bring together incoming first year and transfer students to create an intellectual community and aid in the transition to college life. Sponsored by Student Life and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, copies of the book were mailed to incoming students over the summer. Additional copies are available in the library (print, e-book).
Starting August 30th, stop by Tisch Library to see a pop-up exhibit of books related the book. As you walk through the main floor, you'll see displays on the Osage people, on mineral rights, and on the FBI and forensics.