John Wayne: The Man Behind the Myth

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New American Library, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 386 pages
"John Wayne's popularity with audiences has confounded film critics for decades. Even years after his death, he has been ranked by the public among the top ten stars in Hollywood. Unable to dispute his box office success, detractors have focused on his right-wing politics and the fact that - despite starring in gung-ho war films - he didn't sign up for military service in World War II." "Now, in John Wayne: The Man Behind the Myth, Michael Munn takes on the critics. Drawing on time spent with Wayne on the set of Brannigan - and almost one hundred interviews with those who knew him - he provides a rare look at the actor's film roles through unforgettable, behind-the-scenes anecdotes that will delight admirers and fascinate a new generation of fans. Munn sets the record straight on director John Ford's contribution to Wayne's career, reveals the truth about why the actor was unable to enlist, and debunks other myths surrounding a life that needs no embellishment. He details the megastar's highs and lows, three failed marriages - and two desperate battles with cancer." "But the most stunning revelation is the first-ever public disclosure of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's plot to have Wayne assassinated because of his aggressive - and potentially influential - anti-Communist views. In these pages, Munn proves that - while facing attempts on his life that were kept secret even from his family - the man he calls "the absolute all-time movie star" was as much a hero in real life as he ever was on-screen."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Twenty-five years after his death, John Wayne still holds the public's attention. Many continue to see him as a man's man, as staunch an American patriot as he portrayed in many films (e.g., Sand of ... Read full review


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Michael Munn is a film historian and the author of twenty-five books, including Stars at War, The Hollywood Connection, and the bestseller John Wayne: The Man Behind the Myth. As a journalist he has written extensively on cinema, crime, ancient history, and the World War Two. He lives in Suffolk, England.

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