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John Wayne: The Life and Legend by [Eyman, Scott]
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"It would be hard to find a more complete picture of a public figure's life and legend than Eyman gives us of the Duke."--Larry Thornberry "The American Spectator " Note: This book is rough cut edition. the pages of this book will be uneven.

Note: This book is rough cut edition. the pages of this book will be uneven.

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Scott Eyman has written acclaimed biographies of Mary Pickford and Ernst Lubitsch, as well as the film history THE SPEED OF SOUND: HOLLYWOOD AND THE TALKIE REVOLUTION.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 54006 KB
  • Print Length: 673 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439199582
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (1 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DPMHQ8O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,820 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First off, the rough cut pages people, is a style, not a quality control issue, so marking the book down because of that is pure ignorance.

Telling a tale of a life is always hard, that is why autobiographies don't always work, it is hard to be self objective or critical. So they become anecdotal.

Biographies can also fall flat by being either too critical, or too gushing.

Here, Scott Eyman has achieved a wonderful balance sorting fact from fiction, present Wayne as a thoroughly decent human being with lots of faults.

If you are interested in the western, the period Wayne worked in, and movies generally you will enjoy this immensely well written work.

There wasn't a part of this book I didn't enjoy, it really goes into Wayne the man, with all his good points, bad points, and foibles. You even get a different perspective of his political views and why he held them. Eyman does not judge, he lets Wayne tell you himself.

It is a terrific book, very, very readable, full of enough new facts and anecdotes to leave feeling that, yes, I would love to have known Wayne.
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I have many books on John Wayne but this by far the best.It is very readable and captures what it was about him that makes him still a huge name 35years after his death.It is not a hagiography but a warts and all tale that is a fine read and I have to say it brought tears to my eyes at the end.It is a brilliant book and for fans o f the Duke I highly recommend it.
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By John M. Ford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Sept. 2014
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"The guy you see on the screen isn't really me. I'm Duke Morrison, and I never was and never will be a film personality like John Wayne. I know him well. I'm one of his closest students. I have to be. I make a living out of him." Scott Eyeman's biography, written with Duke's cooperation, delivers the stories of the man and the myth, helping us see the reality of both.

Duke Morrison came from a family without money or influence. From an early age he worked to support them and himself. Duke was hardworking throughout his life and often seemed more comfortable during long hours on the set than when relaxing between projects. The "story" was that Duke never planned on being an actor until he was discovered by director John Ford. In fact, he acted in plays during high school and college, worked as a stunt man, and appeared in several unremarkable films before getting his big break in Stagecoach. From then on he lived both a very public and a very private life.

Eyeman's biography discusses Duke's professional projects, the people he worked with, and some of his business ventures. It also explores his private life and family relationships. A few highlights:

- A talented athlete who could have made a career out of football, Duke lacked the "killer instinct" necessary to excel. He just didn't want to hurt anybody.
- Duke wasn't handy around the house. "I don't do light bulbs. I make enough money to call professionals."
- He believed that the John Wayne persona was important to his audience and would not accept any roles that might diminish it. This was a public service he expected of himself.
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By Dr Barry Clayton TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 April 2014
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For me some of the finest films have been westerns, particularly classics like 'Butch Cassidy', 'Magnificent Seven' and 'The Searchers' starring John Wayne in his finest role, a performance that should have won him an Oscar.

Numerous books have been written about Wayne, born Marion Michael Morrison, a name he quickly changed once in Hollywood in the 1930's making scores of western with names like 'Pals of the Saddle'. As Eyman says in this latest account it was Ford's 'Stagecoach' that paved the way for his subsequent success in films like 'Red River' and the 'Alamo'. He fails to tell us that Wayne financed the latter with $150,0000 of his own money. By 1969 he had earned over $400,000,000 for his studios. Despite this record sum he was a prophet (profit) without honour in Hollywood. This was mainly to do with his ultra conservative politics and uncompromising awareness. Later he earned the intense hatred of many actors for his support of Senator McCarthy in the 1950's and that politician's witch hunt against communists. He allowed himself, with many other actors who tried later to deny their involvement, to become a figurehead of red-baiters. In 1970 all was forgiven and at last he got the Oscar he deserved (although for the wrong film)for 'True Grit' a film that many regard as a self-parody.

Wayne was a fund raiser for many leading republicans including Nixon, Goldwater and Reagan. He was encouraged to serve as vice presidential running mate to Wallace in the 1968 campaign but refused. He was known as a strong supporter of the Vietnam war; his production of 'The Green Berets' glorified the war.

He married three times.
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‘The Life and Legend’ written by Scott Eyman is just released biography of the man who became an icon of a particular time, the personification of Western films and a symbol of a macho American man on whom many women still fantasize – one and only John Wayne.

Marion Mitchell Morrison, better known for his movie name John Wayne, was born at the 20th century beginning, at the right time to become one of the most famous actors of all time, when mainstream movies were still far more than just desire to earn money as quick as possible. And although he later told how he became an actor almost by accident, it seems that he only wanted to draw a little extra attention because he wanted to become actor for most of his young days due to which he decided to study drama.

In addition to becoming a synonym for Western movies in which he fought against injustice and villains showing how man with his courage, integrity and strength can improve the world, Wayne became a symbol of America and the birth of the American dream that his movies celebrated. Since Wayne appeared on the scene he was linked to the conservative right-wing currents and even though he was called out by those with other attitudes he didn’t abandon his political beliefs until the death back in 1979.

Wayne didn’t have any aspiration to become a politician although if he decided differently similar to some of his colleagues he would certainly be successfully due to his popularity. His life story other than the one in the movie world was also very interesting, he sought marital happiness three times, and his romantic affair with Marlene Dietrich is hard to be imagined when we remember unbreakable men he had always acted in his movies.
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