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By Marc Eliot

ISBN-10: 0062269038

ISBN-13: 9780062269034

From the veteran big apple occasions bestselling biographer comes a massive, in-depth examine probably the most enduring American icons of all time, “the Duke,” John Wayne.

As he did in his bestselling biographies of Jimmy Stewart and Clint Eastwood, acclaimed Hollywood biographer Marc Eliot digs deep underneath the parable during this revealing examine the main mythical Western movie hero of all time; the guy with the distinct voice, stroll, and demeanor who used to be an concept to many and a logo of yank masculinity, energy, and patriotism.

Eliot can pay tribute to the fellow and the parable, settling on and examining the various fascinating contradictions that made John Wayne who he was once: an Academy Award-winning actor linked to cowboys and squaddies who didn’t like horses and not served in a struggle; a Republican icon who voted for Democrats Roosevelt and Truman; a white guy frequently accused of racism who married 3 Mexican other halves. listed here are tales of the films he made well-known in addition to quite a few acquaintances and mythical colleagues equivalent to John Ford, Maureen O’Hara, Natalie wooden, and Dean Martin.

A best box-office draw for greater than 3 decades—starring in 142 movies from 'Stagecoach' and 'True Grit', for which he gained the Oscar to 'The Quiet Man' and 'The eco-friendly Berets'—John Wayne’s existence and occupation paralleled approximately the complete 20th century, from the melancholy via global warfare II to the upheavals of the Sixties. surroundings his lifestyles in the sweeping political and social variations that outlined the state, Eliot’s masterful portrait of the fellow they known as Duke is a awesome extensive examine a existence and the “American Century” itself.

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5 In the Heath home, very little time was spent watching the “boob tube,” as my folks called it. Even in the ’70s, television shows were still tape-delayed in Alaska by as much as a week, and a lot of news was old news by the time it filtered up north. It was sometimes easy to fall out of the news loop, but still, in 1974, I noticed that the newspapers kept running front-page stories on what they were calling Watergate. News broadcasts kept repeating the same theme: President Richard Nixon was in trouble.

It was a matter not of ideology but of simple fairness. Standing on the shoulders of women who had won hard-fought battles for things like equal pay and equal access, I grew up knowing I could be anything I wanted to be. ” Sports empowered me to plow through some Neanderthal thinking that still permeates corners of our culture, including some parts of that thing we call American politics. Jessica and I are from the same era and have the same Alaska spirit, so it’s no surprise that we consider ourselves more liberated than some women’s rights groups would have us believe we are.

Our team was made up of a group of best girlfriends, like Kim “Tilly” Ketchum and Karen Bush, who shared everything, including our faith. ) We were the Cinderella team my sophomore and junior years, having fallen short in hard-fought state championship games in back-to-back years. But as soon as Heather and her senior teammates graduated, the B-team finally had the opportunity to prove we had it in us. 6 By my senior year of high school, I had been praying that God wouldn’t have in mind for my future one of the local boys I’d grown up with.

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