John Wayne The Genuine Article

Written by: Michael Goldman

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Product Description

John Wayne: The Genuine Article provides readers a rare glimpse into the life of one of the most iconic movie stars of all time through a treasure trove of memorabilia, stories, and interviews. This definitive book includes John Wayne Enterprises’ collection of never-before-seen letters and telegrams as well as incredibly compelling text from Wayne’s unfinished memoir. Important milestones in the Academy Award-winning actor, director, and producer’s life are also well documented here through anecdotes, photos, and visually rich ephemera including boots, hats, and saddles. The story of John Wayne’s rise, reach, and influence in American culture is alive and well in this brilliant opus.

With a foreword by Jimmy Carter and a preface by his son Ethan Wayne, John Wayne: The Genuine Article presents the complete story of how an ordinary man became a top box office draw for six decades, and a larger-than-life Icon known simply as the Duke.

Editorial Reviews

Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award: Outstanding Merit/Excellence in Printing and Publication – Insight Editions

American Cowboy: “Paging through this beautiful hardcover is an interactive experience that captures the public and private life of John Wayne in an exciting, intimate, and unprecedented way. The 160-page book is worth careful study with its full-color photographs, memorabilia, reprinted letters, and remarkable anecdotes. Each turn of the page brings a new discovery about the cinematic legend. From Wayne’s childhood to his political ascent, handwritten letters, classic Western stills, as well as interviews with friends and family and excerpts from his unfinished memoir, John Wayne: The Genuine Article truly brings the legend to life."

About the Author

Michael Goldman is a veteran entertainment-industry journalist and author. He has edited for Daily Variety and Millimeter magazines, and contributes regularly to American Cinematographer. He has written six books, including Clint Eastwood: Master Filmmaker at Work. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

Ethan Wayne, John Wayne’s youngest son, currently is president of Wayne Enterprises, the sole and exclusive steward of the John Wayne brand. In addition, Ethan also serves as director of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF), a nonprofit organization established by the Wayne family following John Wayne's own heroic battle with cancer. Since its founding in 1985, the JWCF has supported awareness programs, education programs, and support groups in its mission to bring courage, strength, and grit to the fight against cancer. Ethan lives in Los Angeles, California.


IPPY Award: 2014 - GOLD for Biography

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards: 2014 - GOLD for Biography

PubWest Book Design Awards: 2014 - GOLD for Historical Book

Publishing Professionals Network Annual Book Awards: 2014 - Trade, Image Driven

Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award: 2014 - Outstanding Merit/Excellence in Printing and Publication