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Reputed to have killed his first man at the age of 12, William Bonney went on to gun his way into Western legend as Billy the Kid. When he was finally shot himself at the age of 21, 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 the citizens of the Southwest often accorded youths like Bonney, Garrett challenges the glorified legends of the Kid, offering instead the more genuine story of a young, reckless cowhand who became a hired gun.

Combining the best elements of eyewitness history with the dramatic flair of a great western novel, this is the clearest account we have of the meteoric career of a man some thought of as a murdering fiend, and others as the Robin Hood of the Southwest.

(P)1997 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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"Was Billy a true Western hero fighting for justice in New Mexico's Lincoln County War or simply a wacko who enjoyed killing? Find out here." (Library Journal)

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  • Luke
  • ALMA, AR, United States
  • 02-25-13

Like Jeff Guinn? Youll love this book

Where does The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love this book as it is an account from a man who was there- Pat Garrett.
He probably did embellish the truth a bit.. but it is as close as we can get.

What other book might you compare The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid to and why?

Jeff Guinn- Go Down together.
Both books are "authentic" accounts of Wild West gangsters.

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well done except for the obvious patch ins.

Good history from one who was actually there. Garrett is now looked upon as a villain, but was in fact doing the duty others were afraid to do.

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  • Michael
  • santa ana, CA, USA
  • 12-27-07

The Kid

This brought out details that made you feel like you were in the time. Billy was a man you can mess with a little, but don't get on his bad side!