American Titan: Searching for John Wayne

American Titan: Searching for John Wayne


From the veteran New York Times bestselling biographer comes an enormous, in-depth examine probably 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 underneath the parable during this revealing examine the main mythical Western movie hero of all time; the guy with the exact voice, stroll, and demeanor who was once an notion to many and a logo of yankee masculinity, strength, and patriotism.

Eliot can pay tribute to the fellow and the parable, making a choice on and reading the various attention-grabbing contradictions that made John Wayne who he used to be: an Academy Award-winning actor linked to cowboys and infantrymen who didn’t like horses and not served in a struggle; a Republican icon who voted for Democrats Roosevelt and Truman; a white guy usually accused of racism who married 3 Mexican better halves. listed here are tales of the films he made well-known in addition to a number of associates and mythical colleagues reminiscent of John Ford, Maureen O’Hara, Natalie wooden, and Dean Martin.

A best box-office draw for greater than 3 decades—starring in 142 movies from Stagecoach and True Grit, for which he gained the Oscar to The Quiet Man and The eco-friendly Berets—John Wayne’s lifestyles and profession paralleled approximately the whole 20th century, from the melancholy via international warfare II to the upheavals of the Sixties. atmosphere his lifestyles in the sweeping political and social alterations that outlined the kingdom, Eliot’s masterful portrait of the guy they known as Duke is a outstanding intensive examine a lifestyles and the “American Century” itself.

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