- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Tri Star Boze Publications; 2nd Revised edition (August 10, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0964334356
- ISBN-13: 978-0964334359
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,125,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Illustrated Life and Times of Billy the Kid 2nd Revised Edition
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"An absolutely brilliant and accurate re-creation of Billy's life and times by a master artist." --By Marino Amoruso, Northpoint Pictures (NY)
"I usually don't like history books, but I couldn't put this one down." --By Marjorie Burnett Parsons, Gonzales Inquirer
"Wonderful stuff! Boze paints what the rest of us can only imagine." --By Frederick Nolan, author and Lincoln County War expert
If other history books were produced and presented in such a manner, it could revolutionize the way in which history classes are taught...They are clearly written, concise in detail, and perhaps most important, damned fun to read! --Jim Chamberlin, Trails End
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Forever young, forever riding.
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Top Customer Reviews
Mr. Bell is a master artist and illustrator. His book is packed with his own brilliant paintings, woodcuts, and drawings. Mr Bell also includes many photographs of the era as well as some faux, or staged, photos depicting dramatic or humorous aspects of the Kid's story.
Mr. Bell presents his history through a chronological presentation of events relating to the Kid's life and times. For example, he places the history in context by telling us about the development of vaccines, and the organization of football and baseball leagues which were happening in the East, even as the Wild West continued to roar on in New Mexico in the late 1870s and early 1880s.
Also included are many "sidebars" which provide interesting forays into facts and issues. Among my favorites are the photos and discussion about the types of weapons in use, the enlightening analysis of the one photograph that we have of Billy the Kid, and the discussion on the issue whether the Kid had a gun on the night he was shot down. All these essays are marked by Mr. Bell's special brand of humor. Bob Boze Bell is an very talented writer.
The book concludes with an extremely entertaining discussion of the Kid in American folklore and popular culture. Read it and enjoy. FIVE STARS
p.s. Mr Bell followed this book with equally entertaining books in the same format about Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. He is also publishing a series about Classic Western Gunfights. These books are must reads for all of us who are fascinated by the history of the old West.
All in all, one of the most accessible and entertaining pieces of history on the Kid.