John Wayne: American

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U of Nebraska Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 738 pages
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Based on over five years of interview and archival research, John Wayne: American explains the appeal of Wayne's abiding Americanness. Indeed, we cannot understand America itself without understanding John Wayne. Born in a dyed-in-the-wool Republican town in Iowa, a football star and student leader, and a scholarship boy at USC, Wayne went to Hollywood because it was the truest meritocracy in America, the one place where his lack of wealth and connections could not hurt him. After spending the first decade of his career on Poverty Row, he emerged as a star in Stagecoach. But it was during World War II that Wayne - and America - emerged as superpowers. Wayne came to politics reluctantly, joining the mainstream of America in its confrontation with communism - and maintaining his opposition ever since. At heart, however, Wayne was a nonideological conservative. He loved his freedom, his friends, his women, and his booze. He believed in simple justice, and common decency, and he will always be beloved as a result.
  

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User Review  - Kim - Goodreads

A long read, but one that's well worth the time of any fan of a man who became a legend in his own time. Roberts clearly was interested in his subject, and his research shows on every page. (view ... Read full review

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User Review  - Steve M - Goodreads

Another excellent book about the man behind the legend. Filled any many blanks left over after I read "John Wayne, American Icon" which I read around the same time. Highly recommended to anyone ... Read full review

Contents

God Lincoln and the Golden Gate
7
Hes Just Been Playing Himself All These Years
33
Scholarship Boy
51
Driven by a Ford
69
Poverty Row
97
Suppose You Could Tell Her You Like Her Biscuits?
115
Stagecoach
145
Foreign Affairs
169
Secondguessing
429
The Countrys Going Soft
453
In Harms Way
481
Ive Just Got My Second Wind
513
WorkingClass Hero
535
Crown Prince of the Silent Majority
561
Only a Fool Would Think That Anything Is Forever
583
You Just Cant Give In To It
613

John Wayne and Hollywood Go to War
203
In the Catbird Seat
227
New Beginnings and Dead Ends
265
All I Can See Is the Flags
291
A Different War
327
The Unquiet Man
357
Thatll Be the Day
397
Our Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
645
Notes
649
John Wayne Filmography
701
Bibliography
711
Index
723
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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.

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