As loyal Frotcast listeners may have already known, I interviewed David Grann, author of the best-selling book on which the new Martin Scorsese movie was based, back in 2017. We got deep into what the book meant, the characters involved, why he wanted to write it, what it means, and how he reported it. At the very least, it’s a nice little background/companion piece for the film (which is much different than the book, even if most of the facts are the same).
Here’s how I described the book in my review that I haven’t finished writing:
Flower Moon the book is a lot of things, but mostly it’s the story of a genocide told through the structure of a true crime tale. Grann delivers a barn burner of a murder mystery about a greedy landowner, his cat’s-paw nephew, his nephew’s Osage wife, and the FBI agent who uncovers it all, before zooming out to reveal that it was all part of a larger-scale plan of dispossession and erasure in which virtually the entire state of Oklahoma was complicit.
Anyway, enjoy the interview, I certainly did.