Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride (the true story depicted in the film "Young Guns")
Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride, written by Michael Wallis, is a biography of the infamous outlaw William H. Bonney, better known as Billy the Kid, who became a symbol of the lawlessness and violence of the American West during the late 19th century.
Wallis's book tells the story of Billy the Kid's life and career, drawing on a wide range of historical sources to paint a vivid picture of the man and his times. The book explores Billy's early years as an orphaned teenager in New Mexico, his experiences as a ranch hand and cattle rustler, and his transformation into a notorious outlaw and killer.
Throughout the book, Wallis explores the cultural, social, and economic factors that contributed to the rise of outlaws like Billy the Kid in the American West. He examines the complex relationships between lawmen, outlaws, and ordinary citizens, and the ways in which these relationships were shaped by issues of race, class, and gender.
Wallis's book also challenges many of the myths and legends that have grown up around Billy the Kid over the years, presenting a more nuanced and complex portrait of the man and his actions. He explores the controversies surrounding Billy's killings, his escape from jail, and his eventual death at the hands of Sheriff Pat Garrett, and offers new insights into the motivations and emotions that drove Billy's actions.
Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride has been praised for its engaging storytelling, its meticulous research, and its nuanced and balanced portrait of one of the most iconic figures of the American West. The book has been widely acclaimed by critics and readers alike as a fascinating and illuminating work of history.