John Wayne: The Man Behind the Myth

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Penguin, Mar 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages

No legend ever walked taller than Hollywood icon John Wayne. Now, author Michael Munn's startling new biography sets the record straight on why Wayne didn't serve in World War II, on director John Ford's contribution to Wayne's career, and the mega-star's highs and lows: three failed marriages, and two desperate battles with cancer. Munn also discloses publicly, for the first time, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's plot to assassinate Wayne because of his outspoken, potentially influential anti-Communist views. Drawing on time spent with Wayne on the set of Brannigan- and almost 100 interviews with those who knew him-Munn's rare, behind-the-scenes look proves this "absolute all-time movie star" was as much a hero in real life as he ever was on-screen.

 

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John Wayne

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I bought this book as a Christmas gift for my husband. He said he really liked the book. He is a huge John Wayne fan and said there was a lot in the book he never knew about John Wayne so he enjoyed it a lot. And as always shopping with overstock.com was a pleasure. Read full review

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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

Contents

A Communist Conspiracy Revealed
1
From Marion to Duke
7
Call Him Wayne
19
Happy Trails Unhappy Wedlock
31
Enter Ringo
45
B Pictures and Politics
62
Dietrich and DeMille
73
The War Years
81
The Bloody Battle of Burbank
167
Searching for the Darkness
175
Duke Meets Nikita
186
The Alamo
203
Working Twenty Years for Nothing
223
Winning the West the War and Wild Africa
236
Life Is a Circus
243
The Vietcong Sniper
266

Cold War in Hollywood
93
A New Bad Marriage
104
Stardom at Last
113
Wayne s Crusade for Freedom 12 3
123
Quiet in Ireland
135
Assassins
145
From the Mighty to the Mongols
156
Oscar
284
Last Roundup
298
The Last Ride
323
The Absolute AllTime Movie Star
341
Filmography
354
Sources
371
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Hollywood's Cold War
Tony Shaw
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About the author (2005)

Michael Munn has written 18 previous books, including biographies of Frank Sinatra, Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, Gene Hackman, and Sharon Stone.

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