No one can bring history to life the way David Grann can. Whether you got swept up in his story (or saw the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio) about the horrendous crimes committed against the Osage tribe, got swept out to sea with a mutinous crew, or set off to cross Antarctica on foot, these books highlight the often forgotten but absolutely fascinating aspects of history. If you are looking for more thrilling reads from David Grann, look no further than the list below.
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history. Now a Martin Scorsese Picture!
A page-turning story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth. The powerful narrative reveals the deeper meaning of the events on The Wager, showing that it was not only the captain and crew who ended up on trial, but the very idea of empire.
The Devil and Sherlock Holmes is a “horrifying, hilarious, and outlandish” (Entertainment Weekly) collection of gripping true crime mysteries about people whose obsessions propel them into unfathomable and often deadly circumstances. Grann takes the reader around the world, revealing a gallery of rogues and heroes with their own particular fixations who show that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
Grann’s The Lost City of Z is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction “with all the pace and excitement of a movie thriller” (The New York Times) that unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century — the story of the legendary British explorer who ventured into the Amazon jungle in search of a fabled civilization and never returned.
Henry Worsley was a devoted husband, father, and decorated British special forces officer. He was also a man obsessed. He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the nineteenth-century polar explorer. Worsley felt an overpowering connection to this man and became determined to measure his own powers in the most brutal landscape in the world. Illustrated with more than fifty stunning photographs from Worsley’s and Shackleton’s journeys, The White Darkness is both a gorgeous keepsake volume and a spellbinding story of courage, love, and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity.