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The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend Paperback – 1 March 2014

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury USA; 1st edition (1 March 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1620400650
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1620400654
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.47 x 3 x 23.67 cm
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Impeccably researched.[Frankel's] book is a fascinating journey from fiction to fact, from glorified legend to brutal event.. By connecting The Searchers to the facts of its distant origins, Frankel demonstrates how history and storytelling can become a unified force in national mythmaking (Washington Post)

This two-pronged history by the Pulitzer-winning journalist dives into the infamously difficult production of the iconic John Wayne Western and-perhaps more intriguing-the 1836 kidnapping of a Texas girl, which inspired the film (Entertainment Weekly, "The Must List")

Before The Searchers was a blockbuster movie, it was a book. And before it was a book it was part of Texas lore. And before that, it was a true story. Glenn Frankel has traced the evolution of this story from the rugged plains of the American Southwest to Hollywood . [The Searchers] is a book about the stories that we tell about ourselves. (NPR, "Weekend Edition")

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"[A] vivid, revelatory account of John Ford's 1956 masterpiece."-The New York Times Book Review

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb exploration of western history
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4.0 out of 5 stars Widespread for the Searchers
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can search but you cannot alwayas find....but you can create a legend in the trying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent homage to probably the greatest western movie ever made.
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