BOOKS ON DUKE
DUKE IN HIS OWN WORDS: John Wayne's Life in Letters,
Handwritten Notes and Never-Before-Seen Photos Curated from His Private Archive
by Editors of the Official John Wayne Magazine (Author), Ethan Wayne (Introduction)
Hardcover 208 Pages– (October 27, 2015)
Duke In His Own Words gives readers an intimate look into the life of an American legend.
But the letters, correspondence and chronicles that fill this 215-page book prove the Wild West's leading man
was much more than another face on the silver screen. He was a loving father, a faithful friend and an unparalleled patriot.
Read as John Wayne consoles his kids, jokes with celebrity friends, answers his fans and advises
America's presidents in this rare collection of letters straight from the John Wayne Family archives.
In addition to mail to and from Duke himself, Duke In His Own Words boasts an introduction
by Ethan Wayne and exclusive photos from rare family albums. Filled with emotion,
honesty and insight into the man beloved by many,
this collection of artifacts doubles as a special time capsule and a must-have tribute.
JOHN WAYNE: The Legend and the Man:
An Exclusive Look Inside the Duke's Archives
John Wayne Enterprises (Author), Patricia Bosworth (Contributor),
Ron Howard (Contributor), Martin Scorsese (Contributor), Ronald Reagan (Contributor) (2012)
Combining never-before-seen photographs culled from the family's vast personal archives
with images from some of John Wayne's 175 feature films,
JOHN WAYNE: THE LEGEND AND THE MAN will celebrate the qualities John Wayne embodied.
Comments from family members, friends and co-stars will recount first-hand examples
of John Wayne's loyalty, honesty, dependability and courage.
Personifying the American spirit,
John Wayne was, and continues to be, a true Hollywood icon.
An undisputed American icon, John Wayne is recognized the world over for his signature drawl and confident swagger; the ultimate personification of American courage and honor. This fall, John Wayne Enterprises has chosen powerHouse Books to produce the first-ever exclusively authorized photographic record of his life, both on-screen and off.
John Wayne: The Legend and the Man celebrates Duke’s life and legacy through film stills and backstage photos and snapshots ranging from his cinematic masterpieces—True Grit, Rio Grande, Sands of Iwo Jima, The Quiet Man, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Fort Apache, and The Alamo—to a surprising variety of early-career, leading-man films: The Big Trail, Stagecoach, Flying Tigers, They Were Expendable. Also included are a wide selection of fan mail art; family albums, photos from friends and loved ones, and the many treasures gathered over the years in his immense archive (famed film costumes, publicity photos exchanged with costars, telegrams and medals), many of the photos and these personal effects being published for the first time, and all from Duke’s personal archive.
JOHN WAYNE:The Genuine Article
Michael Goldman (Author), Ethan Wayne (Preface), Jimmy Carter (Foreword) (Publication Date: May 14, 2013)
John Wayne: The Genuine Article is a poignant photographic journey,
celebrating the life of a cinematic legend. This intimate glimpse into the Duke’s personal and public lives,
from filmmaking and the military to politics and life at home, showcases rare full-color family snapshots,
iconic film stills, and unique memorabilia, including reproductions of letters, telegrams, and personal notes—
all collected from and authorized by the John Wayne estate.
Excerpts from Wayne’s private letters and his unfinished memoir reflect his personality,
and interviews with close family and personal friends bring to life one of Hollywood’s greatest stars,
appealing to fans of Hollywood and Americana alike.
Capturing important milestones of this larger-than-life figure, the book covers
his childhood and college years, his early days in Hollywood, the westerns, the war films,
his support of the troops, his rise as a political figure, his relationships with John Ford
and other Hollywood luminaries, and his personal interests and family life.
From cowboy boots and saddles to handwritten letters and classic film stills,
the illustrations tell the true story of the man behind the legend.
Thanks to Colorado Bob, for finding this one
JOHN WAYNE'S WEST: In Music And Poster Art
(10 CDs + 1 DVD) (Various Artists)
Bear Family Box BCD 16739 SE | Format CD + DVD | (2009)
10 CDs/1 DVD Box Set (LP-size) with 464-page hardcover book;
344 tracks (CDs), 27 tracks (DVD);
playing time CDs: 798:24.
The greatest-ever tribute to the man they called 'Duke' on the thirtieth anniversary of his death! John Wayne is gone but not forgotten - he is still among the Top Three most popular movie actors of all time.
This set includes:
-- The soundtrack music to his never-to-be-forgotten westerns!
-- All the title songs by the original artists! -- Songs inspired by the movies!
-- A 464-page LP-sized book with a biography by historian Richard W. Bann, AND Reproductions of hundreds of his western movie posters from many different countries!
-- Stills and lobby cards!
-- A bonus DVD with trailers and exclusive 'behind-the-scenes' footage!
JOHN WAYNE FILMOGRAPHY
Fred Landesman. (2007)
One of the best ever written. Hardback and DVD.536 Pages
Decades after his death, annual Gallop polls reveal that Marion Morrison is still firmly implanted among the top-ten favorite motion picture celebrities and American heroes. Most of us know this box office star as John Wayne. This comprehensive volume covers his expansive film career, from 1926 to 1976.
Listed in alphabetical order are entries on films such as Angel and the Badman and Noah's Ark that exemplify the more than 170 films that the actor worked on. Each entry includes the film's date, run time, cast and crew credits, reviews, and a synopsis. Also under each entry is a special section devoted to rare information and interesting details such as where the productions were shot, budgets, costs, salaries, box-office performance, alternate casting and what competition existed for the moviegoer audience. Also included in this reference work are over 650 capsule biographies of the talent that shared the screen with the actor and worked on the productions, and over 800 contemporary reviews and commentary from such diverse sources as The New York Times, Hollywood Reporter, and Life Magazine. There is a series of five helpful Appendices: Appendix A lists films by order of their release dates; Appendix B lists Wayne's fellow actors and colleagues and tells under which entry the relevant capsule biography may be located; Appendix C offers specific review information for the films; Appendix D provides facts on the biggest box office films; and Appendix E details the most popular films on television.
This comprehensive volume covers his expansive film career, from 1926 to 1976
Listed in alphabetical order are such entries on films as Angel and the Badman and Noah's Ark that exemplify the more than 170 films that the actor worked on. Each entry includes the films date, tun time, cast and crew credits, reviews and a synopsis. Also under each entry is a special section devoted to rare information and interesting details.
JOHN WAYNE: AMERICAN
Randy Roberts & James Olson. (1997)
'All students of Hollywood will find [this biography of John Wayne] fascinating and rewarding' - "London Times Literary Supplement". 'Writing in a plain-spoken style that avoids both fanzine and academic cant, the authors nicely retell the story of Wayne's relationship with John Ford, the director most responsible for setting him apart from the gunslinging crowd' - "New York Times Book Review". 'Recommended for all film collections' - "Library Journal".'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. Randy Roberts, a professor of history at Purdue University, is the author of "Papa Jack: Jack Johnson" and the "Era of White Hopes". James S. Olson, a professor of history at Sam Houston State University, is the author of "The Ethnic Dimension in American History".
Hefty biography that covers a lot of ground
Personally, I think this is the best around
and takes some beating for facts and information. ethanedwards
DUKE: The Life and Image of John Wayne
Ronald L. Davis. (2001)
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.
In this virile-red-white and blue biography, of an ostentatiously virile man,
Davis Wayne built and maintained the image that soon grew,
to overshadow his private identity- and came to represent America itself
Yet he intentionally presents, a sustained life story,
not a detailed fim analysis that would undermines the thread of the narrative
The 377 pages are informative and highly readable.with 27 illustrations.
Harry Cary Jr. wrote, This book is the most complete work on Duke
that I have ever read. Davis captures Duke's image.
both on screen and off. It's a real page turner
Director Burt Kennedy comments,
I have read every book about Wayne. This is the best!
In short, one for the serious fans
THE OFFICIAL JOHN WAYNE REFERENCE BOOK
Charles Kiesalt. (1993)
This book is broken into 6 section regarding the Duke. The first part is about his early years. Section 2 is full of trivia questions about the Duke for each 10 year era. Section 3 covers all about his movies, directors, and others that he worked with. It has some very good pictures. Section 4 covers items named or made of or in his likeness. Section 5 is about his television specials and more questions about him that you didn't know. Section 6 is about book written about him. Very informative
THE COMPLETE FILMS OF JOHN WAYNE
Zmiewsky and Ricci. (1970)
First edition done in 1970, when the True Grit Oscar brought a new interest to JW’s career, next edition (as “The COMPLETE Films of…”) came after his death. Probably the first time somebody took the time to count the films and assemble stills to each and every one of them. Still considered to be the definite list – although in the meantime many silent films in which JW participated, sometimes as a crowd extra – aren’t mentioned here.
If you are looking for John Wayne films this is the book to have. It tells what the film is about, who also starred in and what year it was made. It also has plenty of photos to help you recognize what movie it is and if it is the one you are looking for. The book has some interesting facts about some of the movies.
THE JOHN WAYNE SCRAPBOOK
Lee Pfeiffer. (1989)
Since its initial publication in 1989, The John Wayne Scrapbook has been one of the most in-demand volumes for fans of the Duke. A unique perspective on Wayne's career, featuring chapters devoted to "John Wayne's Best Films," "John Wayne's Turkeys," "Wayne on TV," "Duke's Box-Office Rankings," "The Story Behind The Alamo," "John Wayne Bloopers," and much more. This newly revised and updated edition features hundreds of rare production photos, international lobby cards, film posters, and unique Wayne collectibles - many presented in full color. Here is the ultimate celebration of one of America's favorite actors.
Lee Pfieiffer also a fan, lists the films he considers the best, as well as the JW “turkeys”. Good info on the side about memorabilia.
The introduction to this invaluable book sates:_
My goal is simple; to honour a man who's films I have enjoyed,
most of my life. This book is designed to be fun,
you can open any page and be entertained
For anyone who collects 'Wayne' memorabilia, the sections,
on posters, comics and other collectables are a treasure,
together with the section on videos.
Very well illustrated throughout and compiled caringly
by an obvious Wayne buff
JOHN WAYNE: My Life with the Duke
Pilar Wayne/ Alex Thorleifson. (1987)
This biography of legendary Hollywood film actor John Wayne has been written by his wife of 25 years. It describes his acting career, his three marriages, his relationships with his children, his political views and his friendships with such stars as Bogart and Bacall, Henry Fonda and John Ford.
The memories of JW’s widow. Lots of insights of course in the private man John Wayne. Always interesting that the people that are the closest to stars and write books often mix up the facts about the films. Probably we notice because the fans are the real scholars – and to his next of kin he’s not a movie star on which you can have a trivia contest but, well – their next of kin. Interesting for example that Pilar writes about the infamous incident when Robert Mitchum behaved so badly – they say he threw somebody in the sea – he had to leave the picture Blood Alley and Wayne had to put in to save Batjac’s interests. So many years later she seems to be still angry at Mitchum (Wayne had to cut short his honeymoon to do Mitchum’s part) when it was long since cleared that Mitchum wasn’t to blame at all.
JOHN WAYNE: My Father
Aissa Wayne/ Steve Delsohn (1998)
In John Wayne: My Father, Aissa Wayne delves into her father's childhood, his film career, and his life off the screen. The result is an affecting portrait that offers a new perspective on one of America's most enduring hero's humanity.
Aissa Wayne's poignant memoir. 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. 16-pp. photo insert,
with some rare family photographs
DUKE: A Love Story
Pat Stacy/ Beverly Linet (1985)
DUKE: A LOVE STORY is a stunning, deeply moving book: the warm, funny, tender, and finally, tragic story of the last years of one of America's most beloved men -- by the woman he loved.
John Wayne and Pat Stacy were together for seven years. For all those years she was his secretary and companion; for the last five the woman he loved, openly and with pride, and who loved him back. They shared everything together, alone and with his family and friends, and the Wayne she gives us is very different from the Wayne of legend.
This is "Duke" the man, tender, loving, stubborn, generous, cantankerous, impulsive, humorous, and, finally, full of rage at the cancer he had to battle for the second time in his life; the cancer that, as Stacy cared for him day after day and shared his agony, cut away at the man who had been so vital and strong -- but to which he refused to succumb.
DUKE: A LOVE STORY is a revelation, a book full of joy and sorrow and courage -- the real John Wayne brought to vivid, loving life.
ON BOARD WITH THE DUKE:John Wayne and the Wild Goose
Bert Minshall/ Clark Sharon. (1992)
Millions of Americans know him on horse-back, on foot, and on film--an American idol whose movies merit a special section at video stores across the country even now and reappear regularly on movie channels. But for Wayne, much of his real life, for 15 years, was spent on board the Wild Goose, 136-foot converted World War II mine-sweeper and sister ship to Jacques Cousteau's Calypso. It was where he relaxed and entertained, where he most enjoyed his roles as husband and father and friend. Bert Minshall, captain on the Wild Goose, became more than that--he became confidant, chronicler, and crutch to Wayne, as well as companion to Wayne's children. In hundreds of still pictures, in home movies taken with his 8mm camera, and a diary, Minshall recorded day-to-day life aboard the yacht--interludes with famous guests, as well as routine family activities. Much of that material is included in On Board with the Duke, providing an intimate and revealing glimpse of Wayne and the people around him.
The skipper of the Wild Goose and other mates decided – years after Wayne’s passing – to publish the pictures they took back then and write the story of Wayne’s yacht. While the pictures are certainly very private – and you’ll look at them with the guilty pleasure that the Wayne family probably didn’t expect to find them in a book – the text is somewhat not up to the importance of the pictures. You’ll find out that one of the mates made Duke a drink of protein and Wayne found it gave him energy – those are bits of information you’ll soak up of course – but then they’re not that important – are they? The book’s a companion piece with the VHS documentary with the same title, and home movies made by the same mates (and again, the same guilty pleasure you might experience watching private things like that)
JOHN WAYNE: The Life and Legend
Scott Eyman (April 2014) Simon & Schuster
Another biography of John Wayne is on the way. The author is Scott Eyman, who wrote Print the Legend:
The Life and Times of John Ford and many other movie-related books.
Drawing on interviews that author Scott Eyman conducted with John Wayne before his death and more than 100 interviews with the actor’s family, co-stars, and close associates, this revelatory biography shows how both the facts and fictions about Wayne illuminate his singular life.
John Wayne died more than thirty years ago, but he remains one of the five favorite movie stars of contemporary audiences. Yet, there has never been a comprehensive biography worthy of the man as well as the star. Until now.
The beloved Hollywood icon comes fully to life in this complex portrait by a master biographer whose skillful prose has been hailed as “outstanding” and “compulsive reading” by reviewers from The New York Times to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Washington Post Book World called Scott Eyman “one of the most distinguished and reliable of popular film historians.” In Eyman’s hands, this enduring symbol of American grit gets the biography he deserves.
Exploring Wayne’s early life with a difficult mother and a feckless father, Eyman makes startling connections to his later days as an anti-Communist conservative, his stormy marriages to Latina women, and his notorious—and surprisingly long-lived—extra-marital affair with Marlene Dietrich.
In addition to his interviews with those who knew Wayne best—many of whom had never spoken on the record before—Eyman draws on the actor’s own business records to weave a rich tapestry of American cultural history: the story of a man who went from college football to romantic lead on the silver screen, and who ultimately became the dominant—and often domineering—symbol of his country at mid-century, the quintessential American male against which all other screen heroes are compared.
Through it all, the author provides a nuanced and sympathetic portrait that is as charming, compelling, and complicated as the Duke himself.
Courtesy of Paula
COMPANY OF HEROES-
My Life As An actor In The John Ford Stock Company
Harry Carey.Jr, (1994)
In my opinion, not only the best book about Ford, it’s also one of the best about Wayne as well.
The long-time member of Ford’s Stock company tells it all. And it’s so much fun.
When Harry Carey, Sr. died in 1947, director John Ford cast
Carey's 26-year-old son, Harry, Jr. in the role of The Abilene Kid in 3 Godfathers.
Ford and the elder Carey had filmed an earlier version of the story,
and Ford dedicated the Technicolor remake to his memory. "Company of Heroes"
is the story of the making of that film, as well as the eight subsequent Ford classics.
In it, Harry Carey, Jr. casts a remarkably observant eye on the process
of filming Westerns by one of the true masters of the form.
From She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and "Wagonmaster"
to The Searchers and "Cheyenne Autumn",
he shows the care, tedium, challenge, and exhilaration
of movie-making at its highest level.
Carey's portrayal of John Ford at work is the most intimate ever written
He also gives us insightful and original portraits of the men and women
who were part of Ford's vision of America:
John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara,
Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen, and Ben Johnson.
Funny, insightful, and brutally honest, "
Company of Heroes
is a rip-roaring good read that presents the remarkable life story of
Harry Carey, Jr. and his many continuing fine performances.
JOHN WAYNE: Cast a Giant Shadow
Carolyn McGivern. (2001)
Notable perhaps because it’s probably the first book about JW written by a woman. Only a few pictures. Short foreword by Steven Spielberg (who wanted JW to play the General in “1941”, a part eventually played by Robert Stack)
"Eating and drinking to his fans, it is articulately written, exhaustively researched and jam-packed with quotes..." -- Modern Woman: Ireland, March 2002. "The biography of a giant of a man who also cast a long shadow over the film industry..." -- Brave New World Website, October 2002.
"My name is Marion Morrison…I’m happy people call me "Duke"…if you were my size, wore cowboy boots and a big hat, out rode, outfought and out shot all the bad men in the West… how would you like to climb down off a horse, throw your saddle over the corral rail and then walk off-camera to a chair labeled, Marion"? This updated and revised third edition of John Wayne, A Giant Shadow, provides a unusual look at Hollywood’s most enduring icon and is full of surprising details. If you thought you knew John Wayne… think again.
"My real name is Marion Morrison...I'm happy people call me 'Duke'...If you were my size, wore cowboy boots and a big hat, outrode, outfought and outshot all the bad men in the west...how would you like to climb down off a horse, throw your saddle over the corral rail and then walk off-camera to sit down in a chair labelled Marion?" "I don't work for the producers...I don't work for the studio...I don't work for the critics...I work for the audience...I try always to give the best of myself so that people aren't disappointed in me." "When the doctor taps you on the shoulder and says, 'You've got cancer, the sun sure doesn't shine any brighter. Yeah! I was scared. I was tough to get along with. I'd discovered I was fallible." This is a flesh and blood study of John Wayne, unashamedly aimed at the audience, the way he liked to do business. McGivern allows Wayne to tell his own story, mostly in his own words. It is the story of a man who chose to leave normality behind to create his own legend. Of all the complexities and composites that made up John Wayne, the image perhaps shines the brightest, but whilst his face is still seen on the TV screens around the world people will remember a man of true courage and honesty.
JOHN WAYNE: There Rode a Legend
Maureen O'Hara (Foreword), Jane Pattie (Author) (2006)
Traces the life of the famous actor from his beginning in Winterset, Iowa, his Hollywood film career, his role as a cattle-breeder and rancher, and his political beliefs, to his death in 1979.
Hefty! Great! The only book in which the late Michael Wayne participated. It’s not cheap, but, hell it’s worth every dollar.
Maureen, one of Duke's closest friends,
traces the life of the famous actor from his beginning in Winterset, Iowa, his Hollywood film career, his role as a cattle-breeder and rancher, and his political beliefs, to his death in 1979.
THE YOUNG DUKE: The Early Life of John Wayne
Chris Enss/ Howard Kazanjian. (2006)
(Hardcover) 208 Pages
By the time Stagecoach made John Wayne a silver-screen star in 1939, the thirty-one-year-old was already a veteran of more than sixty films, having twirled six-guns and foiled cattle rustlers in B Westerns for five studios. By the 1950s he was Hollywood’s most popular actor—an Academy Award nominee destined to become an American icon.
Through previously unpublished photographs and revealing family anecdotes, The Young Duke offers an unflinching look at how Marion Morrison became the legend known as John Wayne—from his boyhood in Winterset, Iowa, to his days as a college football star, to his stunning box-office success in Westerns and war movies in the 1930s and 1940s. Shedding new light on Wayne’s formative years and early Hollywood roles and influences, this biography uncovers the true stories behind the screen legend’s public and private lives.
Published with the help of the Wayne Family, includes unpublished,
family photographs, and personal memories.
The Young Duke, undertaken with the assistance of the Wayne family, offers an unflinching look at this icon's early years. This book includes unpublished family photographs and many personal reminisences.
By the time Stagecoach made John Wayne a silver-screen star in 1939, the thirty-one-year-old was already a veteran of more than sixty films, having twirled six-guns, tossed rope, busted broncos, and foiled cattle rustlers in B westerns for five different studios over the course of a dozen years. By the 1950s he was Hollywood’s most popular male actor—an Academy Award nominee destined to become an American icon.
Through previously unpublished photographs and revealing family anecdotes, The Young Duke tells how Marion Morrison became the legend known as John Wayne—from his boyhood in Winterset, Iowa, to his days as a college football star, to his stunning box-office success in Westerns and war movies in the 1930s and 1940s. Shedding new light on Wayne’s formative years and early Hollywood roles and influences, this biography reveals the true stories behind the screen legend’s public and private lives.
DUKE: The Life and Times of John Wayne
Donald Shepherd, Slatzer/ Dave Grayson. (1986)
Maybe the first bio in which somebody participated who actually KNEW Wayne first-hand, his long-time make-up-man Grayson
His book was one of the better early versions of Duke's career...arthurarnell
THE DUKE: A Life in Pictures
Rob L. Wagner. (2001)
Veteran journalist Rob L. Wagner gathers together over 120 often unusual and rarely-seen photos of John Wayne to capture the highlights of his extraordinary life and career in images accompanied by detailed captions. A must-have for all Duke fans!
Large-scale picture book, don’t bother to read the inaccurate text.
If you are a fan of John Wayne and his movies, then this book will interest you. However, if you are interested in some depth about his life, you will have to look elsewhere. There is little more than photos in this book, they are stills from movies, shots during production and a few feature him at award shows or in a casual scene.
All of the pictures capture Wayne's photogenic toughness, even a casual scene seems to exude the strong confidence that was a hallmark of Wayne in his movies.
While containing many good pictures, the book misses some of the Dukes movies (like "The Cowboys") and contains several inaccuracies (such as trying to pass off the plot to "True Grit" as the plot to "Big Jake" and mislabeling "Rio Bravo" as "El Dorado").
JOHN WAYNE’S AMERICA: The Politics of Celebrity
Garry Wills. (1997)
The best-selling author of Lincoln at Gettysburg explores the life and times of John Wayne and his legend, explaining how the man, Marion Morrison, became a myth and how that myth shaped Americans' political attitudes and ideas.
Maybe the book JW-fans love to burn. True, Wills set out to look behind the image. And he did some research solid as a rock. Sometimes we would love to print the legend. But then you always get the feeling he did it in the first place to hurt the icon, not just to bring out the truth.
This book poses an interesting question: How is it that John Wayne came to embody a certain politics for America? In giving his answer, Wills flashes his usual encyclopedic knowledge of intellectual and cultural materials. He knows his Aristotle and his Groucho and knows when to use them. The knee-jerk analysis of Wayne's status is that he was a blustery flag-waver. Wills's answer is more subtle: that Wayne "stood for an America that was disappearing or had disappeared." And according to Wills, Wayne did this in different ways at different stages of his career. In his early successes (such as Stagecoach), he represented naive virtue; later he would portray the dark acceptance of responsibility (Sands of Iwo Jima). And finally, he moved on to model a conscious acceptance of the anachronism of all such individual honor (The Shootist).
THE JOHN WAYNE MOVIES TRIVIA BOOK
Leonard Brideau. (1985)
Movies, trivia, quiz book.
Harmless fun. Not photos, but pencil drawings.
This entertaining and informative book contains dozens of original art work commissioned specifically for the book showing THE DUKE in his most famous screen roles. As a bonus to WAYNE fans, the centerfold is suitable for framing
THE ULTIMATE JOHN WAYNE TRIVIA BOOK
Alvin H.Marill. (1996)
Here is the ultimate quiz book about Hollywood's most popular and enduring icon and his six decades in the spotlight. Q: What eighties movie pilfered the plot from a Wayne Film of the forties and went onto win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay? A: The plot of 1985's Witness, starring Harrison Ford, was almost identical to Wayne's 1947 Angel and the Badman. Q: Wayne became known as "Duke" [after the dog he owned when he was a young man]. In which films was Duke the name of his character? A: Two Fisted Law , Adventure's End , A Lady Takes a Chance , Flame of the Barbary Coast , and Operation Pacific .
A must for all Duke fans.
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