Larry Thornberry writes at American Spectator:
Marion Mitchell Morrison, springing from humble beginnings in Winterset, Iowa, was known to millions of movie-viewers as John Wayne, and to his friends as "Duke."
He breathed his last at 5:23 P.M., June 11, 1979. Thirty years ago tomorrow.
In those years we haven't seen his like, and probably won't again. The cultural soil just isn't here to grow another giant like the Duke.
Thornberry recommends John Wayne: American, by Randy Roberts and James S. Olson, as the "gold standard" of "serious attempts to tell the Duke's story."
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