Book Review of
Billy the Kid
“This might be the best Billy the Kid book to date.” ―Fritz Thompson, Albuquerque Journal
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.
Bunches of movies, TV shows, episodes, book, and verbal tales have been spread about Billy the Kid. I have watched some of these, but have yet actually read a book dedicated to this famous outlaw. I found this at a used bookstore a while back and bought it because it was cheap and peaked my interest. I recently read Wild Bill, which brought my attention to Billy the Kid, so I began to read this book shortly there after.
Billy the Kid The Endless Ride has author, Michael Wallis, that brings together many different tales of Billy the Kid to try and figure out what is truth and what is fiction. I was a little dissatisfied by the book because they know so little. I wanted definitive facts, and there were few of those.
I did learn a lot. I found out Billy the Kid’s real name, which is not William. I also learned some of what they know about his family, what he did, and who he first shot. I found this interesting, but I do not know if this will stay on my shelf though.