Book Review: Billy the Kid by Michael Wallis

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About:
Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride by Michael Wallis is a biography and an American West legend.  Mr. Wallis is a best-selling author and an award winning reporter.

  • 352 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393060683

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My rating for Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride4
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Thoughts:
Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride by Michael Wallis is a project which is problematic and I command the author for taking it on. There is very little known about Billy the Kid, as the author mentions almost at the beginning, and at this time it’s difficult to distinguish the man from the legend.

Due to the fact that no only don’t we know much about Billy the Kid, but also that he died very young, it’s difficult to fill a whole book about him. The author acknowledges this and spend much of the book trying to debunk man from myth and diving into several possibilities to discover his true identity. The detective work, interesting as it is, really slows down the beginning of the book.

Much of the book is not really about the subject, but about ancillary information such as New York gangs and how the West became romanticized in dime novels, cinema and magazines. I found the ancillary stuff interesting, even though it had very little to do, if any, with Billy the Kid (man or myth).

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Dis­claimer: I borrowed this book from the local library
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