The legendary icon is made real through vivid anecdotes and observations from the insiders who worked, gambled, drank, and fought with Wayne’s outsized personality.
Drawing on hundreds of sources, both published and broadcast, this oral biography presents in-depth interviews with the friends and confidants of John Wayne: Lee Aaker, John Agar, Peri Alcaide, Luster Bayless, Budd Boetticher, Harry Carey Jr., Tom Corrigan, Robert Donner, Edward Faulkner, Leo Gordon, Ben Johnson, Burt Kennedy, Jeanette Mazurki Lindner, Michelle Mazurki, Andrew McLaglen, Bill McKinney, Christopher Mitchum, John Mitchum, Nancy Morrison Marshall, Walter Reed, Dean Smith, Robert Totton, Ron Talsky, Marie Windsor, and Yvonne Wood.
Here, in loving memory of the Duke 30 years after his death, is the updated and revised edition, featuring never-before-seen photos and interviews. Candid, funny, revealing, moving, and inspiring, this two-fisted tribute shows John Wayne as the true hero he was.
“He gave the whole world the image of what an American should be.” —Elizabeth Taylor
"To the people throughout the world, John Wayne is not just an actor, and a very fine actor—John Wayne is the United States of America." —Maureen O’Hara
About the Author
Herb Fagen is a longtime fan of classic film and TV, and a regular contributor to the magazine Classic Images, and the author of White Hats and Silver Spurs for McFarland Publishing. He lives in Chicago.