Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
History has treated Billy the Kid like a homicidal psychopath, a brazen madman responsible for as many as 21 murders. Steeped in legend, shrouded in folklore and outright lies, Billy the Kid has been portrayed for over 125 years as one of the most savage killers in American folklore. Yet for others, particularly the Hispanic people of the Southwest, the Kid was an avenging angel and a sagebrush Robin Hood. For them and many others, the Kid embodied youth, nobility, humanity, romance, and tragedy. He was the symbolic transition between the old and the new, with a blazing sixgun in hand. Now along comes Michael Wallis's sympathetic yet completely authoritative biography, which challenges and debunks many of the myths that have hounded this young man since his death at the age of 21 in New Mexico Territory. By scrupulously retelling Billy the Kid's brief but compelling story in an effort to set the record straight,Wallis -- renowned for his social histories of the West --
 

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Wallis worked very hard to dispel myths surrounding the Kid. So much of his early life is unverifiable, sources are called into question. What was interesting was that Wallis very casually mentions ... Read full review

BILLY THE KID: The Endless Ride

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In this objective, non-sensationalistic biography of legendary outlaw Billy the Kid (1859-81), historian Wallis (Pretty Boy, not reviewed, etc.), host of the PBS series American Roads, painstakingly ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue iQuien Es?
1
Once upon a Time
5
On the Trail
13
Wichita
19
Brotherhood of the Gun
27
Contagious War
37
Pulp Fiction
41
Silver Threads Among the Gold
51
At Large
119
Banditti
127
Seven Rivers
139
Billy Bonney
151
Eye of the Storm
159
Dream Killers
167
The Unfortunate War Spawns the Myth
181
Endless War
193

Land of Little Time
59
One Step over the Line
71
Gone on the Scout
85
Saddle Tramp
95
Kid Antrim
99
First Blood
109
Firestorm
213
ElChivato
233
Billys Neverending Ride
249
Bibliography
297
Acknowledgments
310
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Michael Wallis is the best-selling author of Route 66, Billy the Kid, Pretty Boy, and David Crockett. He hosts the PBS series American Roads. He voiced The Sheriff in the animated Pixar feature Cars. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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