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When The Legend Became Fact - The True Life of John Wayne by Richard Douglas Jensen is the most comprehensive deconstruction of the mythology surrounding the life of America’s favorite actor to date. With decades of research and insight, Jensen lifts the veil of public relations half-truths and exposes the reality of the man who is still, 30 years after his death, the iconic Western movie hero and hero of red state America. Jensen proves that the public John Wayne was very different from the private man, who struggled with severe alcoholism, chronic infidelity, self-esteem and personal demons that often made life hell for his wives and children. The book painstakingly recounts the triumphs and tragedies of the life of John Wayne – who rose from abject poverty to become the world’s most famous movie star – and creates a portrait of a man haunted by a childhood of abuse; a man conflicted by his own definition of masculinity; a man fighting to control his own rage and his propensity for violence; a man who committed domestic violence against all three of his wives and his children; and a man haunted by and driven to overcome his fear of failure, poverty and ridicule.
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1916 KB
Print Length: 574 pages
Publisher: Raymond Street Publishers, LLC (2 May 2012)
I grew up on a diet of John Wayne movies and bought into the myth like most. As I greww into adulthood I began to question the morality and views of this man. THe book reveals a bitter person with little to be bitter about and confirmed my theories about the Duke. A many not many would like to spend time with unless part of his right wing group of cronies, a simplistic veiw of the world and how he he would like to shape it to suit him. Not a great thinker nor actor nor hero yet he managed to convince a whole country otherwise. Very good insight.
John Marion Wayne was that screen hero most people saw and liked. There were other aspects of his personality that didn't come across on screen. He was for instance a staunch political animal and lived his life accordingly. Married three times. Almost bankrupt himself financing The Alamo, the story line being one he clearly was proud of. This ebook will provide some insight to Wayne and for that reason I will recommend it suitable for the cowboy enthusiasts out there.
Simply put, if you've any appreciation for John Wayne, his movies or what he stood for, then this read is a must. A simply yet still complicated man. I don't think he ever new what he really had achieved.
A very interesting 'warts and all' biography. I was aware that John Wayne held strong views and wasn't afraid to express them but he was a very complex character. Also, very much like the characters he often portrayed, it seems that watching a John Wayne movie was almost like watching the man in real life.