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Examines the career of the young outlaw whose life and death were an expression of the violence prevalent on the American frontier.
"In the last three decades, scholarship about Billy has shaken off its pulp origins and become professional, the best three books, in my view, being Robert M. Utley's Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life (1989), Frederick Nolan's The West of Billy the Kid (1998), and now Michael Wallis's Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride."—Larry McMurtry, New York Review of Books
— Larry McMurtry
Posted November 7, 2000
As a college history student, working on my teaching creditentials, I personaly have read several books on Billy the Kid. I found this book to be enlightening. The author walks you through the events that shaped Billy's world with an unbiased opion of either faction. He also includes all of the popular myths and legends concerning the famous outlaw and disperses them as either fact or fiction and then explains how he came to this conclusion concerning each particular myth. It is disheartening to a small extent, as it has a tendancy to, justifiably, destroy the larger than life hero status of Billy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.