American Titan: Searching for John Wayne by Marc Eliot

By Marc Eliot

From the veteran long island occasions bestselling biographer comes an immense, 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 special voice, stroll, and demeanor who used to be an notion to many and an emblem of yank masculinity, strength, and patriotism.

Eliot can pay tribute to the guy and the parable, opting for and examining the various attention-grabbing contradictions that made John Wayne who he was once: an Academy Award-winning actor linked to cowboys and squaddies who didn’t like horses and not served in a struggle; a Republican icon who voted for Democrats Roosevelt and Truman; a white guy frequently accused of racism who married 3 Mexican better halves. listed here are tales of the flicks he made well-known in addition to quite a few neighbors and mythical colleagues resembling John Ford, Maureen O’Hara, Natalie wooden, and Dean Martin.

A most sensible box-office draw for greater than 3 decades—starring in 142 movies from 'Stagecoach' and 'True Grit', for which he received 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 global warfare II to the upheavals of the Nineteen Sixties. surroundings his existence in the sweeping political and social variations that outlined the state, Eliot’s masterful portrait of the guy they known as Duke is a outstanding extensive examine a existence and the “American Century” itself.

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