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Duke, We're Glad We Knew You presents an oral biography of John Wayne through the anecdotes and observations of those who knew and loved the star throughout his long career. The stories come from folks who worked, gambled, drank, and fought with him and who all miss him dearly. Drawing on hundreds of sources, both published and broadcast, Duke, We're Glad We Knew You presents in-depth interviews with these friends and confidants of John Wayne: Lee Aaker, John Agar, Peri Alcaide, Luster Bayless, Budd Boetticher, Harry Carey Jr., Tom Corrigan, Robert Donner, Edward Faulkner, Leo Gordon, Ben Johnson, Burt Kennedy, Jeanette Mazurki Lindner, Michelle Mazurki, Andrew McLaglen, Bill McKinney, Christopher Mitchum, John Mitchum, Nancy Morrison Marshall, Walter Reed, Dean Smith, Robert Totton, Ron Talsky, Marie Windsor, and Yvonne Wood.

About the Author

Herb Fagen is a longtime fan of classic film and TV, and a regular contributor to the magazine Classic Images, and the author of White Hats and Silver Spurs for McFarland Publishing. He lives in Chicago.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel; Original edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806531363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806531366
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,627,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kiril G. Kundurazieff on September 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
Critics complain that he was a Johnny-One Note who played the same person over & over, & wasn't very good at it. I say this is Baloney.
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.
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By A Customer on March 23, 1999
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"Duke We're Glad We Knew You" is an exellent book. People such as Harry Carey Jr., Ben Johnson, Lee Aaker, John Wayne's stepsister, and many more write of when they knew Duke.The foreward is written by Ronald Regan who knew Wayne personally. Author, Herb Fagen. interviewed many of them personally. The book has stories about how Wayne first got started in acting, his childhood,his marriages, his movies, and his death. I have really enjoyed this book.
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After spending over 6 years researching the career of actress Maureen O'Hara; conducting interviews with Harry Carey, Jr., John Agar, Anna Lee, Charles FitzSimons and Maureen, herself, my book shelf contains just about every bio written on Duke Wayne. Some are huge volumes, some are medium in size and all are reasonably good in various areas.. Whatever the pursuit of the authors of the icon known as "Duke" I find that I always go back to Fagen's book "Duke We're Glad We Knew You." It's kind of like sitting in on an interview of your own; listening to the statements of people who actually there at different times in Duke's life. The other bios on Duke are put aside - I pull out this book for some great reading. I highly recommend it. END
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One of the reasons Wayne was so popular was that he symbolized everything America wanted to be; strong ,brave,loyal,savvy and honest.His character was a fighter who never backed down when he knew he was right. He was a role model to millions, his screen actions were a roadmap to manhood. That was John Wayne,Icon.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
The book "Duke We're Glad We Knew" was one of the better
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
Johnson.

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!!
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By A Customer on December 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book about the life of John Wayne. I think that any fan of his will be pleased with the way it was written. One of the best books written about his life.
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With John Wayne's 100th birth date coming up I started looking for books on him that I have not read. This book is very enjoyable reading. You learn alot about the man from his fellow co-workers and friends. I would recommend this one to any one.
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I am so enjoying reading this book. Hearing how all of John Wayne's friends and associates felt about him has been a lot of fun. There are some great photos in the book and I love the lay out of it. I have a few John Wayne books and this is by far my favorite. My dad is a huge fan so I am going to buy one for his birthday.
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