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Killing Crazy Horse: The Merciless Indian Wars in America

(Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  2,617 ratings  ·  313 reviews
The latest installment of the multimillion-selling Killing series is a gripping journey through the American West and the historic clashes between Native Americans and settlers.

The bloody Battle of Tippecanoe was only the beginning. It’s 1811 and President James Madison has ordered the destruction of Shawnee warrior chief Tecumseh’s alliance of tribes in the Great Lakes re
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published May 12th 2020)
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Robert Melnyk
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fascinating book about the history of westward expansion and the conflicts between the Native Americans and the White American settlers. Although the title is "Killing Crazy Horse", the book is a lot more than just about the Indian warrior Crazy Horse. It is a history of much of the conflict with a number of Indian tribes from the earliest days of our country through the late 1800s. I have read quite a bit about this subject, and although many people paint the picture that all the Native America ...more
Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars rounded up for the historic accuracy. This one is disappointing. Not titled accurately either. First half is horrific histories of earlier periods. Second half reflects the title. Too wide a subject for this style of “telling” for me.
Nathan Kwandras
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I was excited for this book. I have always enjoyed Oreileys Killing series. So I have to admit I am disappointed. I know that the book is supposed to be a broad look at America’s wars with Native American tribes, but when you read it, you can plainly see that the authors went into writing this with the intention of focusing on Custers last stand. If that’s the case they should have focused on Custer, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and Grant. The first 50% of the book covers a wide range of topics fr ...more
Christina Stroff
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
History....ugh...breaks your heart. Excellent research and delved into a part of history I don’t often read about.
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Five plus stars for a fantastic read! What a great novel about American history. As always with all the O’Reilly/Dugard books I so enjoyed and appreciated the many footnotes, the fantastic maps and then the Bibliography. I’ve read many books about this period in our history and feel this one is the most honest and accurately written but also the most graphically violent in portraying the truth. Having read all the books in the Killing series I’d put this at the top of the list as a favorite.

Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay, first of all I just want to say the only reason this was hard for me to read was mainly because my grandpa who died January of this year (2020) had and read all these Killing books except for Killing the SS (Nazi officers of post-WWII) and now to get this new Bill O’Reilly, it made me want to cry overall because I can’t physically talk to him about my excitement over this book and how amazingly well written it was. But to also get his full opinion on such matters on both sides of the coin ...more
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars listened via Libby

Finally, a Bill O'Reilly book NOT narrated by Bill O'Reilly. I have been dying to read his books but just cannot take his voice (or him for that matter). This book was equally eye opening and depressing. I now fully support the dismantling of certain statues around the US not only due to the treatment of African Americans but also the treatment of American Indians. I personally will spit on any statue I see of George Custer. It is AWFUL what man did to Indians. Like,
Jordan Anderson
Despite O’Reilly’s blowhard style and clear narcissism, not to mention his penchant for being sexually inappropriate with his coworkers, you have to hand it to him (and Duggard) for authoring a series that is incredibly readable and gives more information in a single book than I learned in basic American History.

Killing Crazy Horse continues the tradition that O’Reilly and Duggard have been doing for the past 8 books, writing history in a way that reads like a mix of David McCoulough and Clive C
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another engaging and exciting look into a rather unsavory part of American history. Although the title references Crazy Horse, it's more of an overview of American-Indian relations over a span of nearly 100 years as America continues a westward expansion across the continent. It's a part of history that I wasn't too familiar with, aside from the names of people and battles, so it was a good, cohesive account.

Of all the books I've read on Native Americans, and frankly of all of O'Reilly's "Killin
Brent Soderstrum
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read all of the the "Killing" series and I enjoy how the authors give you nuggets of little unknown facts sprinkled in the rendition you have probably heard before. I am a big history fan. You need to know the stories of our country and O'Reilly and Company know how to spin the tale in an enjoyable way.

This book focuses on Native Americans, or Indians, and our treatment of them from the early 1800's till Chief Joseph and the last independent tribe was placed on a reservation in the lat 18
Blue Morse
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Like all of the “Killing series” this is another entertaining read. However, the title is somewhat misleading, as it should be “Killing the Native Americans” as the book is more of a broad description of US-Native American tensions, beginning in 1813 with the Fort Mims massacre and ending in 1890 when the American frontier is officially closed. Was a little disappointed Crazy Horse, Custer and Little Bighorn did not receive more of the spotlight as both the title and cover imply. Overall while i ...more
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Perhaps I should have given it more stars, because it was well written, and seems to be well researched. But there is just nothing to like about the story. It’s a tale of people treating others atrociously because they see each other as different.

What I find even more disturbing is that after a year of protests, and riots, by people who still feel marginalized by society. It seems like we have made no progress as a society in the 150 plus years since most of the events in this book took place.
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Nothing new here. O'Reilly neither sheds new light on events as they occurred nor does he provide much commentary on the social injustices which brought about the Native Americans plight during the westward expansion.

If you haven't read much of the history, then this bare-bones account would be a good start.
Scott Zichos
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing maps!!
Monica Willyard Moen
This is a riveting book that tells the story of the war between European settlers and Native Americans over a period of four centuries. The book is written in story form from a lot of points of view rather than being a boring timeline or dry list of dates. The authors have tried hard to accurately tell the story from both sides, showing that there were good and bad people on both sides. I have developed a healthier respect for people I realize I didn’t understand, and I realize that I need to le ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.65, if I may be so granular. I felt the last 1/3 of the book - including the coverage of the the titular character - was not as interesting as the first 2/3.

I did learn a couple of interesting things about Howard University and the Oklahoma Sooners in the closing pages, however.

On a personal note, the fort mentioned in chapter two where William Weatherford surrendered to Andrew Jackson, Fort Toulouse, is just a few miles from my birthplace.

Bonus editing error catch: in chapter 26, there is
Diane Koenig
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sad and difficult account of the Indian Wars in America. I was a bit surprised to begin reading as I thought it was written in a similar format as Killing Kennedy except detailing Crazy Horse. However, the book begins in the early 1800's with the horrific displacement of thousands of Indians in the historic Trail of Tears in the Deep South to the late 1800's with the Wounded Knee Massacre in the Black Hills of South Dakota and all the Indian wars and broken promises involving the Indi ...more
Carrie Daws
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book, in part born from the fact that a dear friend was born Lakota. The authors didn't shy away from the reality of war or some of the horrific things done, and as such, I caution sensitive or younger readers. But it felt like a reasonably balanced view of events. The authors did well avoiding commentary, adding in important footnotes in appropriate areas. It's a good addition to the series. ...more
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-tn
This is not just about Crazy Horse, it talks about the majority of the major conflicts between certain tribes and the government. History is accurate and his respect for Crazy Horse, Cochise and other important Native American legends shows through. Plus I was blown away that he included the story of Cynthia Ann Parker and spoke about her unwillingness to return to white society and how she embraced the Comanche.
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting history of the Indian wars. Lots of names and places, which became a bit confusing, but adding personality tidbits and background helped the history come alive.
Nov 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Definitely not my favorite book of the “Killing” series, but I found it interesting enough. I listened to it, and I was audibly gagging during some of the violent scenes.
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very good history of the slow, bu certain, demise of native Americans and their freedom in the U.S. Well-written and, as far as I can tell, accurately reported without much bias on either side.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very good read. So terrible what the Native Americans had to go through.
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
More like 2.5. I liked his others better. I think one gets a better perspective from Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.
Greg Kopstein
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sadly, I’m not as familiar with this part of US history.
I know the basics, but this book was much more informative than others in the Killing series. It was fascinating, though pretty dark - as one would expect in this topic. I certainly want to read more on this subject matter, so I guess this installment of the Killing series did its job.

The loss of a star stemmed from the fact that there were so many names, over a 100 year history, across the whole of the country. It was a very large scale a
Janet Monks
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely a terrific read! Brings you back to American history and what really took place.
Richard West
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once again former Fox TV news personality and partner Martin Dugard take a look at American history in their highly successful "Killing" series. And it's not just about Crazy Horse as indicated by the title, what we get is a look at how the American politicians put the screws to the American Indian (or native American if you prefer) almost from the beginning.

It was always about land, land, land and in the mid-1800's, land where there was gold. Broken treaties, promises not kept - it's no small w
Michael Carmack
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book. I would argue incorrectly titled though. The book focuses much of its time on the atrocities committed and constant reneging of American Government against the various Native American tribes. Only in the ladder half of the book is Crazy Horse/Sitting Bull introduced and Custards last stand presented.
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the first of the "Killing" series that I've read, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I give Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard credit for having done a ton of research and presenting it in an entertaining and readable way. I also think it's a good thing if the popularity of the series means that people learn about the Indian wars who only knew about them from movies and TV. However, I don't really care to read so much about battle strategy and which troops went where.

As many have pointed out,
Lydia Granda
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an eye opener! I have been educated on the Indian wars, Custer, Deadwood and the various brave Indian chiefs. I love Bill O'Reilly's writing style, he takes history and turns it from what could be boring to a book that you simply can't put down nor get out of your head. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have many of his others.
Recommend for anyone with an interest in our countries history told in an open honest way portraying both sides as they really were using well researched facts.
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