The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend

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New York Times BestsellerNamed one of the best books of the year by:ParadeThe GuardianKirkusLibrary Journal The true story behind the classic Western The Searchers by Pulitzer Prize-wining writer Glenn Frankel that the New York Times calls "A vivid, revelatory account of John Ford's 1956 masterpiece."In 1836 in East Texas, nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanches. She was raised by the tribe and eventually became the wife of a warrior. Twenty-four years after her capture, she was reclaimed by the U.S. cavalry and Texas Rangers and restored to her white family, to die in misery and obscurity. Cynthia Ann's story has been told and re-told over generations to become a foundational American tale. The myth gave rise to operas and one-act plays, and in the 1950s to a novel by Alan LeMay, which would be adapted into one of Hollywood's most legendary films, The Searchers, "The Biggest, Roughest, Toughest... and Most Beautiful Picture Ever Made!" directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne. Glenn Frankel, beginning in Hollywood and then returning to the origins of the story, creates a rich and nuanced anatomy of a timeless film and a quintessentially American myth. The dominant story that has emerged departs dramatically from documented history: it is of the inevitable triumph of white civilization, underpinned by anxiety about the sullying of white women by "savages." What makes John Ford's film so powerful, and so important, Frankel argues, is that it both upholds that myth and undermines it, baring the ambiguities surrounding race, sexuality, and violence in the settling of the West and the making of America.
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ISBN-13: 9781608191055
ISBN-10: 1608191052
Pagini: 416
Ilustrații: B&W t/o
Dimensiuni: 156 x 235 x 33 mm
Greutate: 0.79 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States


Intensive research by a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter: Glenn Frankel is an award-winning journalist and author who knows how to get a story. Frankel researched for four years, traveling to Hollywood, Monument Valley, and various parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas, working in archives in eight states, and interviewing some fifty people. His book is rich with detail and revelation.

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Glenn Frankel worked for many years for the Washington Post, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1989, and taught journalism at Stanford University and the University of Texas at Austin, where he directed the School of Journalism. He has won the National Jewish Book Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His book, The Searchers, was a national bestseller and named one of Library Journal's top ten books of the year. He is also the author of High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.


Well researched. casts a haunting, harrowing spell.
A gracefully presented narrative. A thoroughly researched, clearly written account of an obsessive search through the tangled borderland of fact and fiction, legend and myth
Riveting depiction.Frankel's retelling is a gripping portrayal of a mesmerizing period of American history.
It was around this time that Leslie Fiedler published a slim volume making the case that 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' 'The Birth of a Nation,' 'Gone With The Wind' and 'Roots' could be read as a single, multi-media 'inadvertent epic' - a story about slavery, race and family that America gave to itself. As framed and enriched by Frankel, 'The Searchers' is another such epic; recounting the making of what he calls 'an American legend,' he has retold it well.a vivid, revelatory account of John Ford's 1956 masterpiece.
A must-read for film students, making-of fans, and students of American history.
An enjoyable book that will appeal to film historians/buffs as well as to those with an interest in Western history
Impeccably researched.a fascinating journey from fiction to fact, from glorified legend to brutal event.
A must-read for movie fans and anyone interested in mythmaking and the American West. Frankel's excellent research and analysis and his fine writing raise the bar for the 'making of' film book. His narrative details the life of a modern legend-in this case, a historical event that sparked a novel that led to a film, each step revealing a different aspect of how we tell our stories and why.
Absorbing. a riveting account of the war for the American West. Frankel's superb book gives a fascinating historical and anecdotal account of how 'The Searchers' became a John Ford movie.
After meticulous research, Frankel restores a sense of history and balance to Parker's story. It's a nuanced, ambiguous portrayal of heroes and hypocrites, compassionate and sadistic warriors.
Frankel's graceful ability to separate, and harmonize, legend and fact does honor to both.
In vivid prose, the director of the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism explains why his favorite film is important and a masterpiece. And he does so in the clear, economical style of a writer who's lived a life of deadlines in news capitals around the world.his passion is contagious.
Compelling...a story as deeply American as it is tragic
In peeling back the layers of story, myth, and legend that accrued to Parker's story and led to 'The Searchers,' Frankel makes a compelling case for why such a twisted masterpiece still matters.
A superbly written, highly entertaining mixture of American history and popular culture that reveals anew one of our greatest films
For movie and history buffs, a must.
A scrupulously researched, riveting examination of people who fought to make their country a better place
This superb, gripping piece of reportage is a pivotal account of a new Israel struggling to be born
Glenn Frankel has constructed a powerfully suggestive book.
Fascinating and multifaceted...Western fans and movie buffs of all stripes doubtless will enjoy Frankel's richly detailed account.
Frankel's dramatic retelling of the actual event-Cynthia Ann's captivity, in all its historical complexity-followed by the making of the film over a century later, is masterful.