“We love Hank Fonda and Jimmy Stewart already. They were beloved actors in a beloved age. So putting them either side of an ampersand seems natural. But what Scott Eyman does is to say, well, pay attention – these were two difficult, lonely, inarticulate guys who could seem alarming and chilly. But they were friends and Eyman has told their story like a movie, with humor, pathos and enchantment. This is not two biopics hitched together. It’s a love story for guys who never mentioned or even noticed love.” (David Thomson, author of The Biographical Dictionary of Film and Warner Bros: The Story of an American Movie Studio )
"Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart were two of the most brilliant stars of Hollywood’s golden age. They were also the best of friends, despite marked differences in their approach to life, love, family and politics. Scott Eyman, one of our finest film historians, presents an intimate, powerful and bittersweet account of these gifted, complex and troubled men and the world they knew and dominated." (Glenn Frankel, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic )
“Scott Eyman has a gift for exploring subjects we think we know, then deepening and enriching that knowledge through diligent research and his gift of observation. This book is no exception. Henry Fonda and James Stewart have never been captured so well, nor has their extraordinary fifty-year friendship.” (Leonard Maltin )
“In his engrossing new book, biographer and film historian Eyman vividly portrays the lives and work of two Hollywood legends. . . . While their long-standing friendship is notable, in tracing their personal lives and accomplishments, Eyman's narrative is even more compelling. He provides a fascinating overview of the industry and the ebbs and flows of his subjects' careers in film, on stage, and eventually TV . . . . An entertaining, richly documented biography that will be appreciated by film and theater scholars as well as fans of these memorable actors.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
"With the same grace, intimacy, nuance, and thoughtfulness with which he brought John Wayne alive on the page, Scott Eyman conjures the greatness and humanity of two Hollywood giants and the magic spell of their friendship." (Patrick McGilligan, author of Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane )
"I had no idea Fonda and Stewart even knew each other, and now I learn two of America's greatest actors were also the greatest of friends. It's gratifying when a gifted writer finds a worthy subject, and Scott Eyman has with Hank and Jim. You have to think both men would have loved the book—although Fonda probably wouldn't have admitted it." (Daniel de Visé, author of Andy & Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show )
"If you've ever wondered how the Greatest Generation got so great, it was due in part to the respect political opposites like Stewart and Fonda had for one another. In fact, you could say it's a love story in the tradition of Howard Hawks, intimate, knowing, and compulsively readable."
(James Curtis, author of Spencer Tracy: A Biography )
About the Author
Eyman also writes book reviews for The Wall Street Journal, and has written for The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune, as well as practically every film magazine extinct or still extant. He and his wife, Lynn, live in West Palm Beach.