John Wayne's America

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Simon and Schuster, May 28, 2013 - History - 384 pages
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lincoln at Gettysburg brings his eloquence, wit, and on-target perceptions of American life and politics to this fascinating, well-drawn protrait of a twentieth-century hero. In this work of great originality—the biography of an idea—Garry Wills shows how John Wayne came to embody Amercian values and influenced our cultoure to a degree unmatched by any other public figure of his time. In Wills's hands, Waynes story is tranformed into a compelling narrative about the intersection of popular entertainment and political realities in mid-twentieth-century America.
 

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Contents

The Most Dangerous Man
11
Scope of the Book
29
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
33
INVENTING A COWBOY
35
Man from Nowhere
37
Raoul Walsh
46
Years with Yak
55
JOHN FORD
65
Harry Carey
114
INVENTING ANOTHER COWBOY
127
Howard Hawks
129
The New Wayne
138
Authority Figure
149
EMPIRE
159
Custer and Cold War
161
Washington and Sheridan
177

Sadist
67
Artist
77
Rhythmed Motion
86
Inner Spaces
96
War Years
102
PROPAGANDA
191
LATER FORD AND HAWKS
235
A THIRD COWBOY
281
American Adam
302
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Garry Wills is an Emeritus Professor of History at Northwestern University. Born in Atlanta in 1934, he has taught widely throughout the United States. A prolific writer and scholar, Wills is the author of more than twenty books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Lincoln at Gettysburg, Papal Sin," and "What Jesus Meant." He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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