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The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid
     

The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid

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by Pat F. Garrett
 

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Born in November 1859 as William H. Bonney, Billy the Kid—as he soon became known—started his criminal career at the age of twelve by stabbing a man in a bar fight. He then moved on to stealing horses, gambling, participating in the Lincoln County War, and even perpetrating mass murder. Billy the Kid’s extraordinary exploits were followed in newspapers

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Born in November 1859 as William H. Bonney, Billy the Kid—as he soon became known—started his criminal career at the age of twelve by stabbing a man in a bar fight. He then moved on to stealing horses, gambling, participating in the Lincoln County War, and even perpetrating mass murder. Billy the Kid’s extraordinary exploits were followed in newspapers around the country, and his legend reached epic heights.

Garrett, the Sheriff of Lincoln County and Billy’s ultimate arbiter of justice, provides an incredible, firsthand account of the small-town kid who became a killer in The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid. Written just eight months after killing Billy in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, during a happenstance meeting in the home of Pete Maxwell, this fascinating, sensational book takes us play-by-play through Billy’s life. From his earliest days in New York and eventual move west to his adventures in Mexico and repeated arrests and escapes, this original account tells all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781626367593
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
03/23/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
138
Sales rank:
429,213
File size:
6 MB

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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