John Wayne  The Life and Legend Book
Score: 3.5
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John Wayne The Life and Legend


  • Author : Scott Eyman
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-04-21
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 672
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439199596

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John Wayne The Life and Legend Excerpt :

The celebrated Hollywood icon comes fully to life in this complex portrait by noted film historian and master biographer Scott Eyman. Exploring Wayne's early life with a difficult mother and a feckless father, "Eyman gets at the details that the bean-counters and myth-spinners miss ... Wayne's intimates have told things here that they've never told anyone else" (Los Angeles Times). Eyman makes startling connections to Wayne's later days as an anti-Communist conservative, his stormy marriages to Latina women, and his notorious--and surprisingly long-lived--passionate affair with Marlene Dietrich.

John Wayne  The Life and Legend Book
Score: 3.5
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John Wayne The Life and Legend


  • Author : Scott Eyman
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-04-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 672
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439199602

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John Wayne The Life and Legend Excerpt :

The New York Times bestselling biography of John Wayne: “authoritative and enormously engaging…Eyman takes you through Wayne’s life, his death, and his legend in a detailed, remarkably knowledgeable yet extremely readable way” (Peter Bogdanovich, The New York Times Book Review). John Wayne died more than thirty years ago, but he remains one of today’s five favorite movie stars. The celebrated Hollywood icon comes fully to life in this complex portrait by noted film historian and master biographer Scott Eyman. Exploring Wayne’s early life with a difficult mother and a feckless father, “Eyman gets at the details that the bean-counters and myth-spinners miss…Wayne’s intimates have told things here that they’ve never told anyone else” (Los Angeles Times). Eyman makes startling connections to Wayne’s later days as an anti-Communist conservative, his stormy marriages to Latina women, and his notorious—and surprisingly long-lived—passionate affair with Marlene Dietrich. He also draws on the actor’s own business records and, of course, his storied film career. “We all think we know John Wayne, in part because he seemed to be playing himself in movie after movie. Yet as Eyman carefully lays out, ‘John Wayne’ was an invention, a persona created layer by layer by an ambitious young actor” (The Washington Post). This is the most nuanced and sympathetic portrait available of the man who became a symbol of his country at mid-century, a cultural icon and quintessential American male against whom other screen heroes are still compared.

John Wayne  The Life and Legend Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

John Wayne The Life and Legend


  • Author : Scott Eyman
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-04-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 672
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439199589

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John Wayne The Life and Legend Excerpt :

Draws on first-person interviews in a revelatory portrait that includes coverage of his early life with his difficult parents, his anti-Communist conservative beliefs and his stormy marriages. By the author of Empire of Dreams.

Duke Book
Score: 2.5
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Duke


  • Author : Ronald L. Davis
  • Publisher : University of Oklahoma Press
  • Release Date : 2012-09-06
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780806186467

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Duke Excerpt :

Almost two decades after his death, John Wayne is still America’s favorite movie star. More than an actor, Wayne is a cultural icon whose stature seems to grow with the passage of time. In this illuminating biography, Ronald L. Davis focuses on Wayne’s human side, portraying a complex personality defined by frailty and insecurity as well as by courage and strength. Davis traces Wayne’s story from its beginnings in Winterset, Iowa, to his death in 1979. This is not a story of instant fame: only after a decade in budget westerns did Wayne receive serious consideration, for his performance in John Ford’s 1939 film Stagecoach. From that point on, his skills and popularity grew as he appeared in such classics as Fort Apache, Red River, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Quiet Man, The Searches, The Man who Shot Liberty Valance, and True Grit. A man’s ideal more than a woman’s, Wayne earned his popularity without becoming either a great actor or a sex symbol. In all his films, whatever the character, John Wayne portrayed John Wayne, a persona he created for himself: the tough, gritty loner whose mission was to uphold the frontier’s--and the nation’s--traditional values. To depict the different facets of Wayne’s life and career, Davis draws on a range of primary and secondary sources, most notably exclusive interviews with the people who knew Wayne well, including the actor’s costar Maureen O’Hara and his widow, Pilar Wayne. The result is a well-balanced, highly engaging portrait of a man whose private identity was eventually overshadowed by his screen persona--until he came to represent America itself.

John Wayne Book
Score: 3
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John Wayne


  • Author : Randy Roberts
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Release Date : 1997-01-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 738
  • ISBN 10 : 0803289707

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John Wayne Excerpt :

"John Wayne remains a constant in American popular culture. Middle America grew up with him in the late 1920s and 1930s, went to war with him in the 1940s, matured with him in the 1950s, and kept the faith with him in the 1960s and 1970s. . . . In his person and in the persona he so carefully constructed, middle America saw itself, its past, and its future. John Wayne was his country’s alter ego." Thus begins John Wayne: American, a biography bursting with vitality and revealing the changing scene in Hollywood and America from the Great Depression through the Vietnam War. During a long movie career, John Wayne defined the role of the cowboy and soldier, the gruff man of decency, the hero who prevailed when the chips were down. But who was he, really? Here is the first substantive, serious view of a contradictory private and public figure.

Print the Legend Book
Score: 5
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Print the Legend


  • Author : Scott Eyman
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-03-31
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476797724

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Print the Legend Excerpt :

Follows the legendary John Ford through a career that spanned more than five decades, drawing on dozens of personal interviews, material from Ford's estate, and film criticism.

John Wayne Book
Score: 2
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John Wayne


  • Author : Aissa Wayne
  • Publisher : Taylor Trade Publications
  • Release Date : 1998-04-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 229
  • ISBN 10 : 9780878339594

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John Wayne Excerpt :

The daughter of John Wayne and his third wife, Pilar, Aissa delves into her father's childhood, his film career, and his life off the screen. John Wayne: My Father reports Wayne's life faithfully and compassionately, resulting in an affecting portrait that offers a new perspective on one of America's most enduring heroes.

John Wayne Book
Score: 4
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John Wayne


  • Author : Michael Munn
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2005-03-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 0451214145

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John Wayne Excerpt :

A provocative biography of the man behind the Hollywood legend sheds new light on the life and career of John Wayne, discussing his three failed marriages, professional accomplishments, battles with cancer, and the plot against his life by Josef Stalin because of Wayne's aggressive anti-Communist views. Reprint.

Killing John Wayne Book

Killing John Wayne


  • Author : Ryan Uytdewilligen
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2021-10-01
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781493063314

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Behold the history of a film so scandalous, so outrageous, so explosive it disappeared from print for over a quarter century! A film so dangerous, half its cast and crew met their demise bringing eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes’ final cinematic vision to life! Starring All-American legend John Wayne in full Fu Manchu make-up as Mongol madman Genghis Khan! Featuring sultry seductress Susan Hayward as his lover! This is the true story of The Conqueror (1956), the worst movie ever made. Filmed during the dark underbelly of the 1950s—the Cold War—when nuclear testing in desolate southwestern landscapes was a must for survival, the very same landscapes were where exotic stories set in faraway lands could be made. Just 153 miles from the St. George, Utah, set, nuclear bombs were detonated regularly at Yucca Flat and Frenchman Flat in Nevada, providing a bizarre and possibly deadly background to an already surreal moment in cinema history. This book tells the full story of the making of The Conqueror, its ignominious aftermath, and the radiation induced cancer that may have killed John Wayne and many others.

The Searchers Book
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

The Searchers


  • Author : Glenn Frankel
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2013-02-19
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781620400647

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The Searchers Excerpt :

New York Times Bestseller Named one of the best books of the year by: Parade The Guardian Kirkus Library Journal The true story behind the classic Western The Searchers by Pulitzer Prize-wining writer Glenn Frankel that the New York Times calls "A vivid, revelatory account of John Ford's 1956 masterpiece." In 1836 in East Texas, nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanches. She was raised by the tribe and eventually became the wife of a warrior. Twenty-four years after her capture, she was reclaimed by the U.S. cavalry and Texas Rangers and restored to her white family, to die in misery and obscurity. Cynthia Ann's story has been told and re-told over generations to become a foundational American tale. The myth gave rise to operas and one-act plays, and in the 1950s to a novel by Alan LeMay, which would be adapted into one of Hollywood's most legendary films, The Searchers, "The Biggest, Roughest, Toughest... and Most Beautiful Picture Ever Made!" directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne. Glenn Frankel, beginning in Hollywood and then returning to the origins of the story, creates a rich and nuanced anatomy of a timeless film and a quintessentially American myth. The dominant story that has emerged departs dramatically from documented history: it is of the inevitable triumph of white civilization, underpinned by anxiety about the sullying of white women by "savages." What makes John Ford's film so powerful, and so important, Frankel argues, is that it both upholds that myth and undermines it, baring the ambiguities surrounding race, sexuality, and violence in the settling of the West and the making of America.

John Wayne  A Life from Beginning to End Book

John Wayne A Life from Beginning to End


  • Author : Hourly History
  • Publisher : Biographies of Actors
  • Release Date : 2019-03-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 46
  • ISBN 10 : 1798843307

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John Wayne A Life from Beginning to End Excerpt :

John Wayne John Wayne graced the screen as a cowboy, an all-around rugged hero of the plains. With his "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" determination and raw sense of individualism, in many ways he came to symbolize everything that Americans held dear. His characters, tough as nails, were always idealistic adventurers seeking to right the wrongs of the world. But who was John Wayne? Born Marion Morrison, most don't even know his real name. In this book, we will cut through all the hype and get to the real man behind the legend of John Wayne. Inside you will read about... ✓ The Boy Named Marion Morrison ✓ Becoming John Wayne ✓ Stuck in the B-List ✓ Riding the Stagecoach to Success ✓ War and Love Affairs ✓ Late Life and Lung Cancer And much more!

Lion of Hollywood Book
Score: 3
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Lion of Hollywood


  • Author : Scott Eyman
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2008-06-23
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 608
  • ISBN 10 : 1439107912

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Lion of Hollywood Excerpt :

Lion of Hollywood is the definitive biography of Louis B. Mayer, the chief of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer—MGM—the biggest and most successful film studio of Hollywood’s Golden Age. An immigrant from tsarist Russia, Mayer began in the film business as an exhibitor but soon migrated to where the action and the power were—Hollywood. Through sheer force of energy and foresight, he turned his own modest studio into MGM, where he became the most powerful man in Hollywood, bending the film business to his will. He made great films, including the fabulous MGM musicals, and he made great stars: Garbo, Gable, Garland, and dozens of others. Through the enormously successful Andy Hardy series, Mayer purveyed family values to America. At the same time, he used his influence to place a federal judge on the bench, pay off local officials, cover up his stars’ indiscretions and, on occasion, arrange marriages for gay stars. Mayer rose from his impoverished childhood to become at one time the highest-paid executive in America. Despite his power and money, Mayer suffered some significant losses. He had two daughters: Irene, who married David O. Selznick, and Edie, who married producer William Goetz. He would eventually fall out with Edie and divorce his wife, Margaret, ending his life alienated from most of his family. His chief assistant, Irving Thalberg, was his closest business partner, but they quarreled frequently, and Thalberg’s early death left Mayer without his most trusted associate. As Mayer grew older, his politics became increasingly reactionary, and he found himself politically isolated within Hollywood’s small conservative community. Lion of Hollywood is a three-dimensional biography of a figure often caricatured and vilified as the paragon of the studio system. Mayer could be arrogant and tyrannical, but under his leadership MGM made such unforgettable films as The Big Parade, Ninotchka, The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, and An American in Paris. Film histor

Three Bad Men Book
Score: 5
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Three Bad Men


  • Author : Scott Allen Nollen
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2013-03-29
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 408
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476601601

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Three Bad Men Excerpt :

These were unique, complex, personal and professional relationships between master director John Ford and his two favorite actors, John Wayne and Ward Bond. The book provides a biography of each and a detailed exploration of Ford’s work as it was intertwined with the lives and work of both Wayne and Bond (whose biography here is the first ever published). The book reveals fascinating accounts of ingenuity, creativity, toil, perseverance, bravery, debauchery, futility, abuse, masochism, mayhem, violence, warfare, open- and closed-mindedness, control and chaos, brilliance and stupidity, rationality and insanity, friendship and a testing of its limits, love and hate—all committed by a “half-genius, half-Irish” cinematic visionary and his two surrogate sons: Three Bad Men.

John Wayne Speaks Book

John Wayne Speaks


  • Author : Mark Orwoll
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Release Date : 2021-11-09
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250815842

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John Wayne Speaks Excerpt :

With more than 1,100 impeccably sourced quotes from throughout John Wayne's 172-film career, John Wayne Speaks: The Ultimate John Wayne Quote Book provides what has often been missing from other Duke Wayne reference books: accuracy, context, and comprehensiveness. These quotations offer a deep dive into Wayne’s films and acting persona—the iconic American man of action whose sense of values and decency are a veneer covering a boiling pot of determination, courage, outrage, and even violence. The quotes in John Wayne Speaks are at once inspirational, humorous, touching, and revealing. Author and veteran journalist Mark Orwoll has created an overlay of categories into which each quote fits, making the manuscript easy for readers to find the type of quote—or even the exact quote, footnoted to identify its film—they may be searching for. But John Wayne Speaks is more than just a collection of the actor's movie lines. Orwoll has researched and written an in-depth introduction to Wayne's film career to put the quotes in a broader context. Movie-lovers will also appreciate the author's opinionated capsule reviews and production notes from Wayne's complete filmography. John Wayne Speaks is the quote book that every fan of the Duke needs and a delightful addition to any cinephile’s library.

Clint Eastwood Book
Score: 2.5
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Clint Eastwood


  • Author : Richard Schickel
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-04-27
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 568
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307788139

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Clint Eastwood Excerpt :

Through extensive, exclusive interviews with Eastwood (and the friends and colleagues of a lifetime), Time magazine film critic Richard Schickel has penetrated a complex character who has always been understood too quickly, too superficially. Schickel pierces Eastwood's monumental reserve to reveal the anger and the shyness, the shrewdness and frankness, the humor and powerful will that have helped make him what he is today. of photos.