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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (220 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Wallis Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the bestselling author of Route 66 comes this long-awaited biography of one of America’s most legendary folk heroes.

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 separates myth from reality and presents an unforgettable portrait of this brief and violent life.

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  • “Over the decades, countless books have been written about the infamous outlaw, and this is surely one of the best.”

    Publisher Weekly

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Michael | 2/18/2014

    " I am a big fan of American West history.... but this book was not what I expected. Apparently there just isn't enough known about Billy the Kid to really write an accurate account of his life. This book spends a lot of time on the history of Arizona/ New Mexico area and general history of the era. It does cover Billy the Kid well... but like I said... few facts are known about him... so the book has a lot of filler. If you are looking for a good book on Billy the Kid, I don't know if there is one out there. You could probably learn just as much about him on Wikipedia as you will in any book. There just isn't enough information known about him to make a full length book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dan | 2/15/2014

    " Historically, Billy the Kid has been portrayed as either a wild west Robin Hood or a sadistic, demonic, cold-blooded killer. Mr. Wallis' research and biography of Billy the Kid aims to portray him for the young man he really was. Billy the Kid was a product of his circumstances and was really neither of the traditional portrayals. The book is well researched and written. It is engaging and informative. Though the author has a penchant for repeatedly hinting at the outcome in annoying and unnecessary ways as if to justify the background and ancillary information he gives. That data is important to and inherent in all good biographies and histories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brian | 2/10/2014

    " Billy the Kid by Michael Wallis does an excellent job of sorting the myth from the man and begins to paint a clear picture of the infamous Billy the Kid. So much of the history of the west is plagued by a lack of sources and misinformation from dime novels and eastern newspapers that until the last 10 years there has not been a serious effort to sort out the facts and the fiction. In fact unless the US military was involved and the sources were better preserved an effort was barely made at all. Billy the Kid did not have many interactions with the US military and Wallis has done an excellent job of looking back at diaries, digging through county records and photos to piece together what little we know about this "outlaw". Probably the most important reminder in the book is that Billy the Kid was today's version of a troubled youth. His body count is only confirmed at four and while more is possible Wallis does an excellent job of reminding people the facts that are known. This book is a story of the legacy of Billy the Kid more than the outlaws deeds and focuses on how people portrayed him and his place in the American west. A very clearly picture of frontier life is painted. All this being said the book can be tedious especially if you do not have a passion for history so I do urge caution in that regard as this is a careful analysis of known facts and not simply speculation on his outlaw deeds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Simon | 1/31/2014

    " A good addition to the literature on a fascinating character. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Wallis

Michael Wallis is the bestselling 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, and he lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.