Books by Michael Wallis

NON-FICTION
Released: May 26, 2017

"Solid Western history that enhances the understanding of a tragic tale by highlighting the strong human dimension through the accounts of participants before, during, and after the expedition."
Prolific popular writer Wallis (David Crockett: Lion of the West, 2011, etc.) brings his storytelling skills to an unusual episode in American westward expansion. Read full book review >
DAVID CROCKETT by Michael Wallis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2011

"An excellent study likely to tick off the hagiographers."
He wasn't born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, and he didn't kill a b'ar when he was only three. Even so, David Crockett was a force of nature, as this fine biography details. Read full book review >
BILLY THE KID by Michael Wallis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 19, 2007

"Not groundbreaking scholarship, but a sensible summary of a small-time criminal whose short, violent life became fodder for American myth."
In this objective, non-sensationalistic biography of legendary outlaw Billy the Kid (1859-81), historian Wallis (Pretty Boy, not reviewed, etc.), host of the PBS series American Roads, painstakingly sifts fact from fiction. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 1999

"This is western history told with twang and flair, and fans of Lonesome Dove and Louis L'Amour should eat it up. (16 pages color, 32 pages b&w photos)"
A wild and woolly history of a cowpoke mecca. Read full book review >
MANKILLER by Wilma Mankiller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 26, 1993

"For a more nuanced and powerful Native American autobiography, try Peter MacDonald's The Last Warrior, reviewed above. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Disappointing autobiography by the first woman to lead a major Indian nation. Read full book review >
WAY DOWN YONDER IN THE INDIAN NATION by Michael Wallis
NON-FICTION
Released: June 23, 1993

"Well-researched and sympathetic view of the American heartland—but best read the way it was originally written, in chapter-size bites."
A broader view of the ground Wallis covered in Oil Man (1988) and Pretty Boy (1992): the history and lore of Oklahoma and its inhabitants, from the earliest days to the present. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"Once underway, plenty of tension, with Floyd a warmhearted badman. (Illustrations—125—not seen.)"
Strangely written, often exciting life of Depression-era bank- robber/murderer ``Pretty Boy'' Floyd, by the author of Oil Man (1988). Read full book review >