John Wayne's america by garry wills biography american culture icon movie star and proud man

John Wayne's America

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lincoln at Gettysburg brings his eloquence, wit, and on-target perceptions of American life and politics to this fascinating, well-drawn portrait of a twentieth-century hero.

In this work of great originality—the biography of an idea—Garry Wills shows how John Wayne came to embody American values and influenced our culture to a degree unmatched by any other public figure of his time.

In Wills's hands, Wayne's story is transformed into a compelling narrative about the intersection of popular entertainment and political realities in mid-twentieth-century America.