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John Wayne book praises legend

“John Wayne: The Legend and the Man” is authorized celebratory tome.
BY DENNIS KING For The Oklahoman Published: February 5, 2013

Writing in the book's introduction, director and film scholar Martin Scorsese offers this assessment: “This wonderful collection of photographs gives us John Wayne the figurehead, John Wayne the actor, and John Wayne the human being. It's a rich experience to look through these pages and see where Wayne's three roles converged and diverged.”

Pure celebratory fluff, but highly entertaining fluff that plays right into our collective love of movies and magic and rousing, old-fashioned storytelling. That's just the kind of thing that Wayne built his legend on and just what this noncritical but handsome tome delivers in spades.

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