Fighting for Freedom: A Salute to the Troops with John Wayne

Fighting for Freedom: A Salute to the Troops with John Wayne

by Editors of the Official John Wayne Magazine




"Give the American people a good cause, and there's nothing they can't lick."
- John Wayne

Nobody loved this country more than John Wayne, and nobody had more gratitude for the everyday Americans who put on a uniform and held the line than Duke. He brought to the big screen heroic exploits of our country's servicemen and -women in films such as Sands of Iwo Jima, The Longest Day and more, creating memorable characters and crafting epic tales while honoring our nation's heroes as only John Wayne could.

But what many fans don't know is that the actor's work was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to supporting the troops. With Fighting for Freedom, the Wayne Family has opened up its archives to reveal personal letters between Duke and the troops, unfortgettable photographs of the actor visiting the front lines in Vietnam, and comments from our soldiers about why John Wayne's movies represent the best values of the American military tradition.

Inside you'll find:
- Exclusive letters and other correspondence between Duke and American soldiers, from the most humble private to Commanders in Chief
- Stories from family and friends about how Duke always made time for the troops
- Insights from soldiers recounting the John Wayne movies that inspired them

Fighting for Freedom offers anyone who loves John Wayne and America the ultimate celebration of both.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942556237
Publisher: Media Lab Books
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

The Official John Wayne Collector's Edition magazine is a bi-monthly celebration of the life and legacy of one of America's greatest icons. Created with the help of the actor's youngest son, Ethan Wayne, and featuring exclusive photos, stories, and memorabilia from the Wayne Family Archives, the Official John Wayne Collector's Edition is the world's foremost authority on all things Duke.

Table of Contents

Introduction 10

Rallying Troops: Duke made it his personal mission to inspire America's soldiers. 14

Patriotic Pen Pal: Inside the heartfelt messages between an American legend and American heroes. 46

Cinematic Soldier: Soldiers, critics and fans break down Duke's all-time greatest war films. 74

Red, White & Duke: Why Duke loved our country and the men and women who pledged to defend her. 146

Legacy of Honor: How John Wayne continues to serve as a beacon of hope for our military. 176

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