Cinema Sentries has teamed up with Dey Street Books to award three lucky readers American Titan: Searching for John Wayne, which will be released on November 4. For those wanting to learn more about the book, the press release reads:
In American Titan: Searching for John Wayne (Dey Street Books/an Imprint of HarperCollins; On sale November 4, 2014; $28.99), New York Times bestselling biographer Marc Eliot offers an in-depth reappraisal of the fascinating life and work of the great film star. As he has done in his acclaimed biographies of Clint Eastwood, Walt Disney, James Stewart, and other Hollywood legends, Eliot examines the contradictions that made Wayne far more interesting than his public persona suggests. A symbol of power and masculinity during the apex of the “American Century,” Wayne was perceived as a cowboy and soldier, although he didn’t likes horses and never went to war. He was a staunch anti-communist Republican who voted for Roosevelt and Truman. Often accused of being a racist, each of his three wives was Mexican. He worked with some of the greatest film directors (24 films with John Ford alone) and yet his work in some of their finest movies is disregarded or overlooked.
“What I wanted to do in this biography was to reach beyond the precious idea that Wayne was a symbol, perhaps the definitive one, of twentieth-century America, to the point where in a world of political correctness to criticize him at all is to criticize John Wayne’s America.” Eliot writes. “I wanted to examine him from an auteurist point of view, to put the emphasis on his work, to show how the films reflected his personal life, and how, in turn, he reflected himself in his films.”
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