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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (147 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pat F. Garrett Narrator: Daniel Luna Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Of all firsthand accounts of lawlessness in the old Southwest, none is more fascinating than Pat F. Garrett’s The Authentic Life of Billy, the Kid. It was first published in 1882, a year after Sheriff Garrett killed the Kid, “the bravest and most feared” gunman of the cattle war in Lincoln County, New Mexico. This book is at once the most authoritative biography of William H. Bonney and the foundation of the Billy the Kid legend.

Reputed to have killed his first man at the age of twelve, William Bonney went on to gun his way into Western legend as Billy the Kid. When he was killed at the age of twenty-one, the Kid was famous throughout the country as the boy who, so he boasted, had killed a man for every year of his life.

This is the story of William Bonney as told by the lawman who ended his notorious career. While explaining the public sympathy that people often accorded Bonney, Garrett challenges the glorified legends of the Kid with the genuine story of a reckless cowhand who became a hired gun. Combining the best elements of eyewitness history with the dramatic flair of a Western novel, this is the clearest account available of the career of a man some thought of as a murdering fiend and others as an American Robin Hood.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Every story of consequence on the Kid has been based on…Garrett’s book.”

    New York Times

  • “More exciting than a dozen of the latest Westerns.”

    Antiquarian Bookman

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Brian Donahue | 11/9/2012

    " I learned a lot about Billy the Kid, but I did not enjoy the author's writing style. The book became a chore rather than something I enjoyed reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dan | 11/12/2010

    " Probably not the most historical account, but it's interesting to see how Pat Garrett blows his own horn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mandy | 6/3/2010

    " I bought this book on a recent trip to New Mexico. After visiting many areas where Billy the Kid lived, I was more curious about his life. The book was very interesting, written in 1880 by Sheriff Garrett who chased him down and eventually shot him. Great history lesson :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lesley | 3/23/2010

    " Just what I expected from a book written by the man who shoot Billy The Kid. I did enjoy it...wish I was a cowboy! "

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