The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid (Dodo Press)

The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid (Dodo Press)

by Pat Garrett
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The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid (Dodo Press) by Pat Garrett

Patrick “Pat” Floyd Garrett (1850-1908) was an American Old West lawman, bartender, and customs agent who was best known for killing Billy the Kid (1859-1881). In 1878, Garrett moved to New Mexico and briefly found work as a cowpuncher before quitting to open his own saloon. In 1880, the county appointed him the sheriff of Lincoln County. He was charged with tracking down and arresting a friend from his saloon keeping days, Henry McCarty, a jail escapee and Lincoln County War participant who often went by the aliases Henry Antrim and William Harrison Bonney, but is better known as “Billy the Kid”. He was said to have killed twenty-one men, one for every year of his life, but the actual total was probably closer to nine. In 1881, Garrett pursued Billy the Kid to a mutual friend’s manor and shot him twice while he was unarmed. After finishing out his term as sheriff, Garrett became a rancher and released a book ghostwritten by his friend Ash Upson in 1882 about his experiences with McCarty.

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ISBN-13: 9781409910350
Publisher: Dodo Press
Publication date: 10/24/2008
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

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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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