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Killers of the Flower Moon

After listening to the Largely Forgotten Osage Murders Revealed A Conspiracy Against Wealthy Native Americans on a recent episode of NPR’s Fresh Air, I was determined to learn the full story.

It turns out, in the 1920s, the richest people per capita were members of the Osage Indian nation.

Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off.

Many of those who dared to investigate the killings were also murdered.

When the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case.

Killers of the Flower Moon revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood.

It is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. (1)

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Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World

In this New York Times bestseller, an award-winning journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geo-political strategies of the world powers.

In “one of the best books about geopolitics” (The Evening Standard), journalist Tim Marshall examines Russia, China, the US, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic — their weather, seas, mountains, rivers, deserts, and borders — to tell us how the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leaders.

Why is Putin obsessed with Crimea? Why was the US destined to become a global superpower? Why does China’s power base continue to expand? Why will Europe never be united?

The answers are geographical.

“In an ever more complex, chaotic, and interlinked world, Prisoners of Geography is a concise and useful primer on geopolitics…” (Newsweek)

And a critical guide to one of the major determining factors in world affairs. (2)

Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War

Robert Coram, author of Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War describes Boyd as

“First, last and always a fighter pilot — a loud talking, cigar-smoking, bigger-than-life fighter pilot”.

But also as more than that:

“He was that rarest of creatures — a thinking fighter pilot.”

Boyd is widely considered one of the world’s greatest military strategists.

He was the father of the F-15 and F-16 fighter jets.

His thinking about strategy spread through the US armed forces.

It provided the basis for the US military’s strategy in the first Gulf War, leading to their 100 hour victory.

It still underpins US Marine Corps fighting doctrine to this day.

Coram demonstrates what one man can do to change the world. (3)

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The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

The Ascent of Money states Finance is the backbone of History.

The Renaissance was enabled by Italian foreign exchange dealers.

The French Revolution can be traced back to a stock market bubble.

The Great Recession is traced from America’s bankruptcy capital, Memphis, to China’s boomtown, Chongqing. (4)

Per the New York Times, Niall Ferguson takes us on an enlightening and enjoyable tour through the underside of great events, a lesson in how successful great powers have always been underpinned by smart money.

Per Ferguson,

“Behind each great historical phenomenon there lies a financial secret.”

He goes into fascinating detail about how…

“It was Nathan Roth­schild as much as the Duke of Wellington who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo…”

…by selling bonds and stockpiling gold for the British Army.

Ferguson goes on to share how the richest bankers on the Continent in the 19th century, the Rothschilds, became known as the Bonapartes of Finance.

Among other things, they played a crucial role in the South’s defeat in the Civil War by declining to invest in Confederate cotton-­collateralized bonds. (5)

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(1) The sentences between the reference to the Fresh Air show and the Killers of the Flower Moon image are taken from their Amazon description. https://www.amazon.com/Killers-Flower-Moon-Osage-Murders/dp/0385534248

(2) The verbiage is paraphrased from a review by theceolibrary.com/ https://www.theceolibrary.com/prisoners-of-geography-ten-maps-that-explain-everything-about-the-world-375.html

(3) The description above is paraphrased from “The strategic genius of John Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War” found here http://www.richardhughesjones.com/john-boyd-strategy/

(4) This paragraph is paraphrased from the Amazon book description. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0143116177/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

(5) Paraphrased from the New York Times. Follow the Money. https://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/28/books/review/Hirsh-t.html