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. It is not trying to be a thorough study of his work and life. I read a lot of biographies and was really excited to read this John Wayne book. Drawing on time spent with Wayne on the set of Brannigan- and almost 100 interviews with those who knew him-Munns 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. I'm 37, I'm married to Cowboy, and I'm a writer and the stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of our three lively little ones. The book also quotes Nikita Khrushchev, who came to power after the death of Stalin. Most of the accusations leveled at those accused were false and tainted with hearsay.
The dramatic clash between Wayne's stunt friends and Stalinists in Burbank, California, is quite incredible p1-6,180-186. He saved my life back when no other film maker wanted to know me. True Grit, is my favourite; The only one to earn Duke an Oscar — and well deserved it was. I have one of his early books which he sold virtually from his home address on Stories behind Great Epic movies and it is entertaining and written in a similar vein. Hope it helps Best Mike Hi Mike Personally I felt 'Duke the Life and times of John Wayne' by Dave Grayson to be vastly superior and overall a book of more substance. Later, Munn interviewed both men.
Sorry, no debate, I can only agree with the previous writers. The end result is the most complete biography of an American icon that is both informed and fun to read. Other biographies of Wayne have been published recently e. It is closely followed by The Shootist and The Searchers. When you see the later books to early biographies of Mike Tomkie or George Carpozi on John Wayne there is no comparison.
John Wayne was the idealized American frontiersman, exhibiting bravery, self-reliance, and True Grit. In a slow Southern drawl : Baby sister, I was born game and I intend to go out that way. Mike Hi Mike I agree completely, the story seems to have come from nowhere and nobody else has publicly remarked about it other than Munn. Well, that reminded me that I am a big John Wayne fan and grew up watching his movies. With maturity some of them overcome their image insecurities and although some get worse. Hi Robbie I liked Dave Grayson's book as well.
That's much the case here. John Wayne in Rio Bravo 1959. Academics might find it too breezy and conversational. It seems pretty credible, and although I can't link you to any text from the book concerning it, here's something that gives you a general idea. There were several attempts on his life both in America and abroad.
This is the theme that holds the book together and without some concrete evidence to support this story the book really looses its edge and becomes more a work of fiction rather than fact. I'm passionate about books and movies, and I have a multitude of hobbies. Firstly, Duke wanted Munn to write his biography and gave him personal interviews and many contacts to follow up. 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. I think I'm gonna go burn anything remotely red-colored in my closet. The man plays great chess.
I can foresee in the next generation, or two, people will land at John Wayne Airport and wonder who he was. Still, the effect of McCarthyism was such that many famous actors and directors found it difficult to find work. But after reading the wonderful book, I have an entirely new respect for him. They sound so X Files type of material!! I thought, What if the commies were the ones who had done this? One thing I disliked about Grayson's book from a personal standpoint was the great detail gave relating to Duke battles with illness. It takes a lot of hidden skill to make such a book work as the bridges and segues make the difference in a smooth narrative and a Hodge-podge. In fact Red River, Stagecoach.
A few will surprise you by their nonchalance or their manners. There is much that I did not know about John Wayne. Pat Stacy's book is actually more detailed again than Grayson's on Duke's last days. So much of the book is going to naturally be about Wayne's relationship with John Ford. John Wayne's last movie, The Shootist, is the truest. But to the press, John Wayne put on a brave face, supporting Republicans and the troops fighting in Vietnam, yet always with genuinely humble undertone, that is uncommon with today's movie stars.
This adds more wait to the subject matter and gives a more complete portrait of the man. Truth is often stranger than fiction. This one had some great facts and gave some new information I hadn't known about. This is a fan site forum dedicated to the memory of John Wayne. It is a good account of his life.