BILLY THE KID: THE END­LESS RIDE Michael Wal­lis Nor­ton, £16.99

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The story of Billy the Kid is steeped in leg­end, shrouded in folk­lore and, in places, full of out­right lies, claims Michael Wal­lis in his sym­pa­thetic yet au­thor­i­ta­tive bi­og­ra­phy of one the most no­to­ri­ous fig­ures ever to come out of the Wild West. Wal­lis chal­lenges and de­bunks many of the myths that have sur­rounded the Kid ever since his death at the early age of 21 in New Mex­ico, and at­tempts to tell the brief yet com­pelling story in hope of fi­nally set­ting the record straight. In so do­ing he de­scribes how the out­law leg­end was ac­tu­ally de­lib­er­ately man­u­fac­tured to steer at­ten­tion away from the larger po­lit­i­cal and so­cial cor­rup­tion in New Mex­ico at

that time.

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