John Wayne: The Man Behind the Myth

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Penguin, Mar 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
A rare behind-the-scenes look at John Wayne: the legend, hero, and Hollywood icon of numerous epic Western films, including an Academy Award-winning performance in True Grit

No legend ever walked taller than “The Duke.” Now, author Michael Munn’s startling new biography of John Wayne 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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1 A Communist Conspiracy Revealed
2 From Marion to Duke
3 Call Him Wayne
4 Happy Trails Unhappy Wedlock
5 Enter Ringo
6 B Pictures and Politics
7 Dietrich and DeMille
18 Duke Meets Nikita
19The Alamo
20 Working Twenty Years for Nothing
21 Winning the West the War and Wild Africa
22 Life Is a Circus
23 Licking the Big C
24 The Vietcong Sniper
25 Oscar

8 The War Years
9 Cold War in Hollywood
10 A New Bad Marriage
11 Stardom at Last
12 Waynes Crusade for Freedom
13 Quiet in Ireland
14 Assassins
15 From the Mighty to the Mongols
16 The Bloody Battle of Burbank
17 Searching for the Darkness
26 Last Roundup
27 Dirty Duke
28 The Last Ride
29 The Absolute AllTime Movie Star

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About the author (2005)

Michael Munn is a film historian and the author of more than 20 books, including numerous acclaimed biographies. As a journalist he has written extensively on cinema, crime, ancient history, and World War II. Munn lives in Suffolk, England.

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