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John Wayne : the life and legend

Author: Scott Eyman
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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John Wayne was one of Hollywood's most famous and most successful actors, but he was more than that. He became a symbol of America itself. He epitomized the Western film, which for many people epitomized America. He identified with conservative political causes from the early 1930s to his death in 1979, making him a hero to one generation of Americans and a villain to another. But unlike fellow actor Ronald Reagan,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: John Wayne; John Wayne; John Wayne
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Eyman
ISBN: 9781439199589 1439199582
OCLC Number: 852226312
Description: 658 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part one. 1907-1939 --
Part two. 1939-1952 --
Part three. 1952-1961 --
Part four. 1961-1979.
Responsibility: Scott Eyman.

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This revelatory biography shows how both the facts and fictions about John Wayne illuminate his singular life.  Read more...

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"[An] authoritative and enormously engaging new biography... [Eyman] takes you through Wayne's life, his death and his legend in a detailed, remarkably knowledgeable yet extremely readable way." -- Read more...

 
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