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The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid (Dodo Press)

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  226 ratings  ·  19 reviews
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 an ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published October 24th 2008 by Dodo Press (first published 1882)
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Francesco Caporale
Well this book gets two stars in my opinion. I didn't really get any hook from it. Personally when i read, at a particular point in the begin just hooks me in. This was non existent throughout this novel. Now the only reason why this got two stars versus one is because im a really big fan of billy the kid and he is just an interesting person to read about. It is just that the way this book was written and the way his story was told was not as fascinating as i expected it to be. It was slow borin ...more
John
I have always been fascinated about the life of Billy the Kid since the time I saw the first "Young Guns" movie with Emilio Estevez in the late 1980s. I assumed the movie was a true historical representation of The Kid's life, but further research revealed that they took some artistic liberties (as many movies do). So I started reading books on the history of the Lincoln County War. More recently, I decided to consult Garrett's version of events even though I suspect that his account is not as " ...more
Nathan Beck
This was my first completed audiobook that I have listened to since childhood. Research suggests this tale to be largely disputed on facts. I give it 4 stars based on it being a tale of fiction, and thus, I enjoyed it. If you are looking for a book that tales his story based on facts known, look elsewhere.
Robert
I think Pat should have stuck to law or even riding the trail with outlaws before he took up a pen and decided to write. I am taking into account the diffent style of language from the 1800's and only gave this read two stars because it is undoubtedly more factual than Young Guns, but only marginally. Pat Garrett should have compiled his notes for a writer or even been interviewed and let an author pen the story of hunting the kid! Just my opinion. If you are a fan of the west, I feel it is a mu ...more
josey
I was watching Book TV and a historiaN, Michael Wallis I believe, was talking about this book, and I remembered when I was in the 7 grade and went to the library and read all the books about outlaws of the old west, and didn't remember reading this one, so I got it. I would have loved this book back then, but now, well, it was good in the beginning and then became a struggle to finish it. At least it was on 99 cents on kindle.
Benjamin Wretlind
I love the life of Billy the Kid, perhaps because of Young Guns and the Bon Jovi soundtrack I still play when no one else is looking. However, Garrett was not a writer, and his biography of the man he killed is not as exciting as many other books I've read on the outlaw. I would recommend this to anyone truly interested in a historical look at Billy the Kind, but...well...don't expect to be blown away.
Thomas
Narration must be dull. It seemed matter-of-fact as I read it, but now that I think about it, most of the material is about "good" Indians, cheating gamblers, and clifftop chases. How could the Wild West be so traumatic and yet so colorless?

Accidentally deleted it from my media player. I don't plan to reload it.
Mandy
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 :)
Davy
I was glad to read this book because it basically confirms that Pat Garrett was full of crap. He conterdicts himself over and over in this book. Other stories that are told are in this book are just very unlikely. It should be a book sold in the fiction section.
Desiree
I was eager to read this book because I knew of it but heard it was out of print. I found a copy in Viginia City, NV and despite it being not completely accurate it was a redition of history from Pat Garrett's account.
Diane Heath
One would expect that the story of Billy the Kid by Pat Garrett would be a more factual interesting look at the subjects. The early chapters seem too poetic and novelish but it is a short book of interest
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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.
bup
Valuable as an original source document, written by the man who tracked and eventually killed Billy the Kid. It's not much more than that, though.
Shirley
I've been advised that as a published author, it is not necessarily appropriate for me to review other books or authors.
Jessica
Very interesting to get a direct point of view of Billy the Kid. To read what Pat considered the truth about the Kid.
Lesley
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!
Dan
Probably not the most historical account, but it's interesting to see how Pat Garrett blows his own horn.
John
Eyewitness ( Pat Garrett) of the life of Billy the Kid
Rachel
I prefer the movie _Young Guns_.
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Patrick "Pat" Floyd Garrett was an American Old West lawman, bartender, and customs agent who was best known for killing Billy the Kid.[2] He was also the sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico.

Patrick Floyd Garrett was born in Cusseta, Alabama. He grew up on a prosperous Louisiana plantation near Haynesville in northern Claiborne Parish, just below the Arkansas state line. He left home in 1869 and
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