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on May 20, 2011
Any enthusiast of the Old West or of John Wayne should own this book. It's a fine production to possess in its own right. The contents make it worthwhile, too.

The author's idea was to celebrate Wayne's long `career in western movies by examining the real life events, characters and landscapes that inspired it.' This may appear to be a contrivance, to latch onto Wayne's name and charisma; but the content seems to justify this approach. We learn quite a lot about Wayne and his western movies along the way. Here, you'll also find a colourfully illustrated catalogue of kit, townscapes, cattle trails, weapons, cuisine, and characters from the Old West.

Whether Wexler touches upon the shortened Winchester that Wayne used in Stagecoach or the Colt Single Action in a Buscadero style holster, you'll find plenty of information of interest. There's a comprehensive coverage of the pistols and rifles of the period, well illustrated. Old photographs of towns, saloons and general stores of the 1880s contrast with the opulence of Judge Parker's courtroom. Boots, spurs, chaps, the interior of a bunkhouse, they're all shown here. Chuck wagon recipes tempt the palate. Cavalry details, Indian wars, famous characters are all covered, too.

There are plenty of other reference books out there, but this one still seems to have a few fresh things to say - and show. It's a colourful one-stop reference book for the budding western scribe.
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on December 11, 2010
With a title containing the name, John Wayne, you would hope to have something much better. Basically the book is a childs guide to the Wild West with some misinformation in the details. There are a few feeble references to the period some John Wayne pictures took place but no actual research done into the films. As far as photos, there are some good shots of period firearms(none of John Wayne's) and the rest of the photos of cowboy gear are not even from the period. The author talks about period saddles from the 1800s and shows photos of rodeo saddles from the 1950s. This book would be very misleading to a wannabe historian. To those that know the difference, it's just very annoying. Would be nice someday to have a book that looks into "John Wayne's Wild West", but this one is not it and very lacking in general. To have a full color glossy book done about John Wayne, one should first get the rights to more that 2 or 3 photos. Very disappointing...
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on January 19, 2011
The title is a bit misleading, as a good portion of this book focuses not specifically on JW, but more on the clothes, firearms, etc. of the mid to late 1800's. It does give some insight into many of the guns and props for the Dukes films, such as "True Grit", "The Shootist" etc. However, I would say that this is more of a book that will hold the interest of western history buffs and gun enthusiasts.

Although I would prefer more of a unique insight into the guns, tack, clothing, horses, etc. of John Wayne, and the accuracy of the pieces that were used. Nonetheless this is a good book for my collection.
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on June 11, 2017
Great
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on December 27, 2010
This is a very good and interesting, it's not just about John Wayne it's about movie Western History and the Old west it's self. You don't need to read the entire book, put parts that interest you. I enjouied the old west equipment and weapons, again this is not all about John Wayne. The book is all encompassing the old west not entirely about movies lacking nothing. Including elements and individuals, every bit good reading. Just in case you ask, I'm not just a John Wayne fan but more so a old west guy.
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on October 8, 2016
I love the book.
It's very nice and well done
Mr. Wayne rules
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on August 23, 2016
I bought this book for my grandpa because he loves John Wayne. He loved the book.
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on January 21, 2017
It was a gift and the recipient loved it.
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on October 13, 2016
Very informative. Great for the western buffs.
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on March 5, 2016
Another great book for the John Wayne fan.
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