Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride

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Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride

Format:  Paperback,

328 pages

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc

Publish Date: Mar 2008

ISBN-13: 9780393330632

ISBN-10: 039333063X

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In this revisionist biography, award-winning historian Michael Wallis re-creates the rich anecdotal saga of Billy the Kid (1859 1881), a young man who became a legend in his time and remains an enigma to this day. In an extraordinary evocation of the legendary Old West, Wallis demonstrates why the Kid has remained one of our most popular folk heroes. Filled with dozens of rare images and period photographs, Billy the Kid separates myth from reality and presents an unforgettable portrait of this brief and violent life.

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Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Publish Date: Mar 2008
ISBN-13: 9780393330632
ISBN-10: 039333063X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 328
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.64
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.2 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Prefacep. xi
Personal Introductionp. xiii
Map: Billy the Kid Countryp. xviii
Prologue: Quien Es?p. 1
Once upon a Timep. 5
On the Trailp. 13
Wichitap. 19
Brotherhood of the Gunp. 27
Contagious Warp. 35
Pulp Fictionp. 41
Silver Threads Among the Goldp. 51
Land of Little Timep. 59
One Step over the Linep. 71
Gone on the Scoutp. 81
Saddle Trampp. 91
Kid Antrimp. 99
First Bloodp. 109
At Largep. 119
Bandittip. 127
Seven Riversp. 139
Billy Bonneyp. 151
Eye of the Stormp. 159
Dream Killersp. 167
The Unfortunate War Spawns the Mythp. 181
Endless Warp. 193
Firestormp. 209
Devil or Angelp. 219
El Chivatop. 233
Epilogue: Billy's Never-ending Ridep. 249
Notesp. 251
Bibliographyp. 297
Acknowledgmentsp. 309
Indexp. 313

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2007-02-01)

Historian Wallis (Route 66) turns his attention to Billy McCarty (1859-81), a.k.a. Billy the Kid, carefully separating fact from myth-a difficult task, since the myth has all but obscured the facts. Drawing on archival sources and interviews as well as documents and secondary works, Wallis digs beneath the surface, clearly identifying what is known or probable and presenting the reasonable alternatives for what is conjecture. He emphasizes the politics of the Gilded Age and how it affected the frontier and Billy in particular.

This well-written and engaging biography is aimed primarily at general readers interested in the West and provides a clear, concise, and reliable account of Billy; Wallis is careful not to make his story so complicated that it confuses readers. Nevertheless, given the extensive research underlying it, the book can stand alongside Robert Utley's more scholarly Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life. Recommended for public and academic libraries.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/06.] - Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In this revisionist biography, award-winning historian Michael Wallis re-creates the rich anecdotal saga of Billy the Kid (1859–1881), a young man who became a legend in his time and remains an enigma to this day. In an extraordinary evocation of the legendary Old West, Wallis demonstrates why the Kid has remained one of our most popular folk heroes. Filled with dozens of rare images and period photographs, Billy the Kid separates myth from reality and presents an unforgettable portrait of this brief and violent life.

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