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John Wayne's Wild West: An Illustrated History of Cowboys, Gunfights, Weapons, and Equipment
by Bruce Wexler
John Wayne is the most iconic cowboy actor of all time. His style brought to life a whole troupe of western characters, from rancher to cowboy to sheriff to scout. During his long career—in which he starred in over 175 films—Wayne’s work became fundamental to our understanding of the Old West. But how much of what we saw in his movies was “real?” In John Wayne’s Wild West, ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Skyhorse Publishing
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Excellent resource, especially for weaponry used during and after the Civil War. Lots of beautiful illustrations. It even has some recipes! It does draw parallels to his movies but that is not really the focus of the book (despite the title) so you don't have to be a fan of John Wayne or have seen all his westerns to appreciate this book.