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When The Legend Became Fact - The True Life of John Wayne

When The Legend Became Fact - The True Life of John Wayne [Kindle Edition]

Richard Douglas Jensen
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1916 KB
  • Print Length: 574 pages
  • Publisher: Raymond Street Publishers, LLC (2 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00802AZJQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars the duke 29 Oct 2013
By jo
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I found John Wayne not the man i thought at all, a hard worker and a hard drinker a dreadful temper, not a good husband or father, loved the booked but was very dissapointed in John Wayne as a person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dont miss this unless your a fan of the duke 1 July 2013
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cowboy from his Stetson to his boots 2 July 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful insight in to a true American hero 31 May 2014
By Angel
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a big story about a big star 4 Feb 2014
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Very enjoyable read for those who grew up knowing who John Wayne was, the story enhances my view that he was a fine actor and it reveals who good a producer he was
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3.0 out of 5 stars lots of facts, just not a well written book 21 Nov 2013
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fact heavy(it does have the word fact in the title I know), but not well written, kind of enjoyed it but only kind of.
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4.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne - warts and all 7 Nov 2013
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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.
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