The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid

The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid

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by Pat Garrett
     
 

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The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid is a biography of William H. Bonney a.k.a. Billy the Kid written by sheriff Pat Garrett of Lincoln County, New Mexico. Garrett shot and killed Bonney in 1881.

In many ways, the narrative of the Wild West has endured more as legend than reality, and a perfect example of that can be found in the legend of William Henry McCarty Jr.,

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The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid is a biography of William H. Bonney a.k.a. Billy the Kid written by sheriff Pat Garrett of Lincoln County, New Mexico. Garrett shot and killed Bonney in 1881.

In many ways, the narrative of the Wild West has endured more as legend than reality, and a perfect example of that can be found in the legend of William Henry McCarty Jr., better known as William H. Bonney or "Billy the Kid". Indeed, separating fact from fiction when it comes to the life of the West's most famous outlaw is nearly impossible, due in great measure to the fact that the young man himself cultivated the image of a deadly outlaw and legendary gunman himself. Though Billy the Kid may have killed anywhere from 4-9 men in his short life, he was often credited for killing more than 20.

With a wit as quick as his trigger, Billy the Kid had a bullet and a wisecrack for every man he killed, and his notoriety only grew when exaggerated accounts of his actions in Lincoln County eventually earned The Kid a bounty on his head. In December 1880, an ambitious buffalo hunter (and future Sheriff), Pat Garrett, helped track down and capture the famous outlaw, only for Billy the Kid to somehow escape jail shortly before his scheduled execution.

There was plenty of gunplay in the outlaw's life to help him become a well known if not celebrated figure in the West, but the legendary and controversial nature of his death has also helped him endure. A few months after his escape from jail, Billy the Kid was hunted down by Garrett in New Mexico once again, and it's still not completely clear whether The Kid was killed by Garrett in self-defense or simply murdered outright.

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ISBN-13:
9781161456929
Publisher:
Kessinger Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/23/2010
Pages:
108
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.31(d)

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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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