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Duke: The Life and Image of John Wayne

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  56 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Almost two decades after his death, John Wayne is still America’s favorite movie star. More than an actor, Wayne is a cultural icon whose stature seems to grow with the passage of time. In this illuminating biography, Ronald L. Davis focuses on Wayne’s human side, portraying a complex personality defined by frailty and insecurity as well as by courage and strength.

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Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 15th 2001 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published March 1st 1998)
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Mar 18, 2009 Nolan added it
This appears to be a pretty even-handed biography of perhaps America’s most famous 20th-century icon. I found it interesting and fast paced throughout. You’ll read about John Wayne’s unfortunate childhood in Iowa and California, his parents’ marital problems, his mother’s failure to make him feel loved and appreciated, and his closeness to his father as a result, his aborted football career, and his eventual rise to not merely stardom but to literally representing what America means to tens of m ...more
Jan 02, 2016 Carl rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book has John Wayne’s picture on it. I showed the picture to my three teen-aged granddaughters, and as I expected, none of them recognized him. Sad to think that Duke, who used to be not only a super movie star, but was also considered to be the shining embodiment of American courage and integrity, is quickly fading into the mists of history.

This is a good biography of John Wayne, telling of his long hard trek from being a clumsy prop boy into the most popular movie actor of hi
Oct 15, 2014 Bryce rated it it was ok
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If you are a fan of John Wayne, probably you should pick a different biography. If you like celebrity gossip and harpooning larger-than-life characters to dismiss their greatness due to their other flaws, this will probably be your cup of tea.

The content (life of "Duke" Morrison and the screen character John Wayne) was good enough that not even a poor presentation could completely screw it up. But be ready for this author's style- he doesn't seem to like John Wayne or his ideals and regularly in
Mar 10, 2012 Craig rated it liked it
Good book that looks at John Wayne's life. Author interviewed alot of family and co-stars and put together a pretty comprehensive review of the Duke.
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Feb 02, 2015 Colleen Nordholm rated it it was amazing
In depth biography of a great man. Well done.
May 06, 2012 Don rated it really liked it
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The author says he wants to portray Wayne's significance to the country and culture more than the movies, but he doesn't really do that which suited me fine. It's about the man and the movies--and movies were pretty much all he did. Davis does a good job of portraying a deep guy whose sincerity could disarm just about anybody (except his wives).
Sep 01, 2015 Chrisanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5. Nice tribute but not quite what I wanted. Seemed to rely on shock value a little too much.
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