The Autobiography of Billy the Kid

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9781612961392: The Autobiography of Billy the Kid

Everyone knows the saga of Billy the Kid. That story's been told, in an avalanche of books, songs, movies, TV programs. And yet - no one has given Billy's side. Until The Autobiography of Billy the Kid. Oh, there have been many claims that it wasn't Billy whom Pat Garrett shot in Pete Maxwell's darkened bedroom on July 14, 1881. But in fact it was. Billy just didn't die then. With the help of loyal friends he played dead, was "buried" long enough for Garrett to leave, nursed back to health, made his way to Wichita, and under the name of Henry Carter became a leading rancher until cancer laid him low. And now: Billy tells his own story. What were his feelings and fears, his pleasures and regrets? What really happened, not the media and the movies' and Garrett's exaggerations. Just as Billy, as he lay dying in a care center, told it to a young Ralph Estes in 1951.

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What would you have done as a boy orphaned at 14 in the Wild West of 1874, trying to make your way in a world of rough men - killers, outlaws, corrupt sheriffs, rustlers - every one of them toting a gun?  How would you have responded if you laid your life on the line in a deal with Governor Lew Wallace, who then callously betrayed you preferring instead to give his attention to his novel, "Ben Hur."  Ride with Billy the Kid as he tells his own story, his feelings and fears, his hopes and dreams, making his way under the constant threat of Pat Garrett's posses.  Ride with the real Billy the Kid, not the unreal legend of books, songs, movies, TV - even a ballet!

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A great read   Ralph Estes has produced an extraordinary book filled with tales, humor and insights about one of the great folk legends of our times. (Clara Apodaca, former First Lady of New Mexico and President/CEO of National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation)

Ralph Estes' fine, fact-laced novel about Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War is as entertaining as it is educational, as riveting as it is revealing. (Ollie Reed, former books editor and Trail Tales columnist for The Albuquerque (N.M.) Tribune)

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