Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing” series — 17 million copies in print — continues. Holt just published “Killing Crazy Horse: The Merciless Indian Wars in America.” Bill: “The battles were intense. In the beginning, Native Americans had more advantage. But as railroads began and Civil War ended and the Army came in with cannons and guns, they …
Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing” series — 17 million copies in print — continues. Holt just published “Killing Crazy Horse: The Merciless Indian Wars in America.”
Bill: “The battles were intense. In the beginning, Native Americans had more advantage. But as railroads began and Civil War ended and the Army came in with cannons and guns, they knew they’d be defeated.
“Despite Crazy Horse’s orders not to slaughter women and babies, knowing this would turn the American settlers against them, vengeful warriors — protecting their homeland, emotional with whites overtaking their country, killed them anyway. It was slaughter. Atrocities. Battles were graphic.
“Southern Alabama. Fort Mims. 1813. Biggest victory in their history, an organized tribe of Creek warriors massacred all 300 people. Our government then dispatched Andrew Jackson to the Creek nation.
“Newspapers were sophisticated after the Civil War. Our Army and the territories kept records, which, translated into Indian language, were kept by the tribes. We learned undefeated Cochise died a natural death, and even now nobody knows where in those canyons he lies. The book took a year to write.
“I visited northern Arizona’s Hopi reservation. With today’s metal detectors, there’s big illegal trade in hidden Indian artifacts. It’s big business selling ancient arrowheads, pottery, original native garb in Phoenix and New York. Tribes hate it. They have their own police agencies. So it was when we ID’d ourselves that the Hopi nation cooperated. They took us around and helped us.”
Will this book have a big sale overseas?
“Maybe not. Scholars say it’s fair. The Native American reaction so far is positive, but we’ll be getting feedback from them. At Mohegan Sun casino, my appearance broke the attendance of any rock group they ever presented so that’s a good sign.”
The book, thrilling. The battles, bloody. About establishing this nation’s beginning in a better way, he says: “Sioux chieftains met with then-President Grant, but our US government kept breaking treaties. Native Americans would have been happy with less land.”
Might even be the best of the nine “Killing” books.
Dear audience, watch TV
“Dear Evan Hansen” is becoming a dear film. It will be an adaptation, not a live recording. In it, Julianne Moore plays the lead’s mother and Amy Adams plays another mom. Ben Platt, no hotshot when he grabbed the Broadway lead, became a big shot when he won the 2017 Tony.
Everybody’s getting a film deal. The new Netflix schmear now helps ex HRH Harry and his missus Sparkle Plenty continue posing for photos at soup kitchens. Meanwhile, his late mother grabbed her own Netflix treatment. “Diana,” pre-pandemic’s Broadway musical — which never opened — is based on her life. And now it’s being shot for TV. The filmed version will not stream until 2021 — or after hairy Harry and the missus get 365 more daily p.r. planted plugs in newspapers. This should be about when Mrs. Pelousy takes her dye detector test. The quarantined “Diana” cast films later this month at the Longacre. It’s where the musical was supposed to open but has had nothing else in it for months except dust. Next up, Archie the kid gets his own Netflix deal.
Rising from ashes
The building, tiny. The spirit, not. Founded in 1916, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church — in the shadow of the Twin Towers — was destroyed 9/11. Per Hampton Sheet magazine, its rebuilding needed more drachma — like $42 million more — and got it. Construction began in early August and will complete September 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Now that Bloomingdale’s is open again, your marriage is in trouble if they call to tell your wife her teeny bikini’s arrived – and she weighs 172. Oy.