Steve Neal Chicago Sun Times
A fascinating and insightful study about the making of an American myth. Of more than a dozen books about Wayne, John Wayne's America
is by far the best; it is a fresh and original interpretation of his film career and of his impact on American culture.
Dennis McLellan Los Angeles Times
A stunning book...essential reading for anyone interested in Wayne and popular culture.
Molly Haskell The New York Times Book Review
I hope this new book will find its way into the hands of those who are ready to think seriously about a pivotal figure in our culture, a figure who was a great star and a flawed man.
Mark Feener The Boston Globe
No one has ever written better about the cultural ideology of John Wayne's career than Garry Willis does here.
About the Author
is an Emeritus Professor of History at Northwestern University. Born in Atlanta in 1934, he has taught widely throughout the United States. A prolific writer and scholar, Wills is the author of more than twenty books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln at Gettysburg, Papal Sin
, and What Jesus Meant
. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.