Billy the Kid by Michael Wallis
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“Countless books have been written about the infamous outlaw ... this is surely one of the best.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review


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.
 

About Michael Wallis

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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.
 
Published March 17, 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company. 328 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Crime, Business & Economics, Literature & Fiction, War. Non-fiction

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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 sifts fact from fiction.

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Wallis, following other writers, points to Billy’s status among Hispanic New Mexicans as a symbol of resistance to “the Anglo establishment.” The Kid literally spoke their language — right up to the moment in 1881 when he encountered Garrett in a darkened room and, peering at a dim shape, asked, ...

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That Billy the Kid actually existed may surprise many today — say, the viewers of “The Simpsons.” In 2002, the show’s Halloween special depicted his corpse clawing out of his grave to lead a reign of terror at the head of the Hole in the Ground Gang, a zombie posse that included the Sundance Kid,...

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The boy who would become Billy the Kid (1859–1881) was born Henry McCarty, perhaps in the Irish immigrant wards of New York City.

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Because so little is definitively proven about Billy the Kid, Wallis spends lots of space writing about the times and places Billy the Kid knew—from New York City, where the Kid is thought to have been born, to Lincoln County, New Mexico territory, where his legend took root, and where he was sho...

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