American Titan

American Titan

Searching for John Wayne

Book - 2014 | First edition
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From the veteran New York Times bestselling biographer comes a major, in-depth look at one of the most enduring American icons of all time, "the Duke," John Wayne.

As he did in his bestselling biographies of Jimmy Stewart and Clint Eastwood, acclaimed Hollywood biographer Marc Eliot digs deep beneath the myth in this revealing look at the most legendary Western film hero of all time; the man with the distinctive voice, walk, and demeanor who was an inspiration to many and a symbol of American masculinity, power, and patriotism.

Eliot pays tribute to the man and the myth, identifying and analyzing the many interesting contradictions that made John Wayne who he was: an Academy Award-winning actor associated with cowboys and soldiers who didn't like horses and never served in a war; a Republican icon who voted for Democrats Roosevelt and Truman; a white man often accused of racism who married three Mexican wives. Here are stories of the movies he made famous as well as numerous friends and legendary colleagues such as John Ford, Maureen O'Hara, Natalie Wood, and Dean Martin.

A top box-office draw for more than three decades--starring in 142 films from Stagecoach and True Grit, for which he won the Oscar to The Quiet Man and The Green Berets--John Wayne's life and career paralleled nearly the entire twentieth century, from the Depression through World War II to the upheavals of the 1960s. Setting his life within the sweeping political and social transformations that defined the nation, Eliot's masterful portrait of the man they called Duke is a remarkable in depth look at a life and the "American Century" itself.

Publisher: New York :, Dey Street Books,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062344335
Branch Call Number: LP 791.43028092 WAY NVD
Characteristics: 352 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Sep 21, 2019

Exhaustively written by American biographer, Marc Eliot - This "John Wayne" biography takes a close-up look at both the private and the public sides of said-actor's life.

Born Marion Robert Morrison in 1907 - John Wayne was a towering man (at 6'4") who became an iconic figure in Hollywood Westerns throughout the 1940s and 50s.

Nov 02, 2018

Even if you're not a big Western fan, you're still sure to enjoy reading this detailed biography of "The Duke" (aka. John Wayne, aka. Marion Robert Morrison).

Looming over everyone at a towering 6'4" - Wayne, whose acting career spanned from 1926-1976, was one of Hollywood's biggest box-office draws for 30 of those years.

When it came to being "The Duke" - The man you saw on the big-screen was, indeed, the man who you met in real life.

Out of the 143 pictures that Wayne appeared in throughout his long career, 83 were Westerns.

This book, written by Marc Eliot, also includes 18 pages of photos.

*Note* - In 1976 - John Wayne (72 at the time) died of cancer of the stomach.

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