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Duke, We're Glad We Knew You Paperback – July 1, 2009
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The annecdotes & observations of the people who lived & worked with him that are found in this book show that he was able to do so much, physically, & emotionally with the characters he played.
You come away with a better sense of why you cheered, laughed, & cried under the spell of his performances. Whether you agreed or disagreed with the actions of his character, you still cared for him & cared about what happened to him
His friends, family, & co-workers loved & admired him & it shows very clearly in this wonderful book.
Sure, he drank, & smoked, & was a staunch anti-commie, but he was also a loyal, funny, kind & gentle family man who worked hard to perfect his craft & cared about his co-workers.
Read this book & understand.
But there was another side to Wayne. He was a real man,flesh and blood, and he had real thoughts and feelings,strengths and weaknesses. He was as brave as his larger-than-life screen persona in his real life,such as in the way he faced up to cancer, and very very human.This is John Wayne,the Man.
This book does an excellent job of showing both sides of the John Wayne coin,Man and Icon. It does it with stories told by people who really knew him. After reading this book you actually feel like you've had a bull session with Duke's friends and co-workers. It's got a very amiable feel to it.
The book also reminds me of Studs Terkel's books. Studs would just turn on a tape recorder and let his subjects pour their hearts out. The author here uses a similar approach. Each story is like a piece of a jigsaw puzzle and at the end of the book you can put all the pieces together to get a clear picture of the Duke.
After I finished reading, I wished I had known him too.
movie star biographies I have read in a long time. This
was because of the way the book was written which consisted
mainly of reminiscences of people who knew and actually
worked with John Wayne such as Harry Carey, Jr or Ben
I would have liked to seen some reminiscences by some of
Wayne's family members as well as someone like Maureen
O'Hara who starred in so many of Wayne's films.
However, I would highly recommend this book to anyone
who is a John Wayne fan!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book with interviews with fellow actors and friends who worked with and also those who were considered part of the John Ford stock company.Published 9 months ago by john watson bruce
The Duke is an idol of my brother. He is currently in process of reading and enjoying this wonderful collection of stories.Published 20 months ago by connie grimaldi
First, I should let you know that I am a huge fan of John Wayne and I have been since I was 7 years old. I have read many books on John Wayne. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Liz Austin
I bought this for my Dad for Christmas- we are both HUGE John Wayne fans, and he loooves it, and so do I. HIGHLY recommend it- must have for any and all Duke fans :)Published on January 3, 2013 by Criminologist99
Good book nice to look at and very interesting good quality and good content easy to read and presented wellPublished on May 16, 2012 by bb2276
I received my book in record time...it was early. I enjoyed the book and the book was in good condition. I rate the service a 5 star. Thanks, Rayla D.Published on August 8, 2010 by R. Dakan
I purchased this as a gift for my husband, but he has remarked at what a good collection of stories have been put together about John Wayne. Read morePublished on October 12, 2008 by P. Brandt