Billy the Kid

The Endless Ride

By Michael Wallis
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393060683, 328pp.)

Publication Date: March 2007

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Description
Award-winning historian Michael Wallis has spent several years re-creating the rich, anecdotal saga of Billy the Kid (1859 1881), a deeply mythologized young man who became a legend in his own time and yet remains an enigma to this day. With the Gilded Age in full swing and the Industrial Revolution reshaping the American landscape, the Kid, who was gunned down by Sheriff Pat Garrett in the New Mexico Territory at the age of twenty-one, became a new breed of celebrity outlaw. He arose amid the mystery and myth of the swiftly vanishing frontier and, sensationalized beyond recognition by the tabloids and dime-store romances of the day, emerged as one of the most enduring icons of the American West not to mention one of Hollywood's most misrepresented characters. This new biography, filled with dozens of rare images and period photographs, separates myth from reality and presents an unforgettable portrait of this brief and violent life.



About the Author
Wilma Mankiller was Chief of the Cherokee Nation for over ten years. She lives in Oklahoma.
Michael Wallis is an award-winning historian of the Old West and author of "Route 66: The Mother Road."
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