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Authentic Life of Billy the Kid
     

Authentic Life of Billy the Kid

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by Pat F. Garrett, J. C. Dyke (Introduction)
 

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Of all firsthand accounts of lawlessness in the old Southwest, none is more fascinating that Pat F. Garrett's The Authentic Life of Billy, the Kid. First published in 1882, a year after Sheriff Garrett killed the Kid, "the bravest and more feared" gunman of the Lincoln County, New Mexico, cattle war, it is at once the most authoritative biography of William H.

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Of all firsthand accounts of lawlessness in the old Southwest, none is more fascinating that Pat F. Garrett's The Authentic Life of Billy, the Kid. First published in 1882, a year after Sheriff Garrett killed the Kid, "the bravest and more feared" gunman of the Lincoln County, New Mexico, cattle war, it is at once the most authoritative biography of William H. Bonney and the foundation of the Billy the Kid legend.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806102979
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
01/01/1974
Series:
Western Frontier Library

Meet the Author

Pat F. Garrett (1850-1908) was the sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico, and is best known for killing Billy the Kid. Born in Alabama, Garrett worked as a a cowboy and a buffalo hunter before becoming a sheriff.

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The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of the so-called facts in this book were made up by Pat's ghostwriter Ashton Upson. It has been roundly debunked by historians. Yet as myth-making, it is superb. Many historians have erred in trying to verify this myth. The actual facts of the Kids life were completely different and its highly likely PG and the Kid collaborated to fake his death.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Patrick garret book waz a failure . He waz killed by a 21 year old man and remember i never steal a horse from a man i dont like
shorty911 More than 1 year ago
You wouldn't want to read it twice...
don28 More than 1 year ago
Outside of movies I hadn't read/heard much of Bonneys life. I found this to be quite illuminating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this to be quite an interesting book on William H Bonney (aka Billy The Kid). I wasn't quite sure what to expect from it but found it hard to stop reading. I do have to say that I think the layout that Garrett wrote could have been better and the different sections on Billy's life could have been longer maybe a bit more detailed. But other than that I quite enjoyed this look at Billy and his life as an outlaw through the eyes of Patrick Garrett.
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MichaeltheNookGuy More than 1 year ago
Considering that Garrett was no writer (even though he had a co-writer) this book is very well written. Interesting to read Pat's p.o.v. on the infamous story first hand. You may come away with a different opinion on Garrett as he seems very genuine about his respect for The Kid. And for the price? Very worth it. -Michael
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