The daughter of John Wayne and his third wife, Pilar, Aissa delves into her father's childhood, his film career, and his life off the screen. John Wayne: My Father reports Wayne's life faithfully and compassionately, resulting in an affecting portrait that offers a new perspective on one of America's most enduring heroes.
John Wayne embodied all the twisted values of American manhood: self-assurance, loyalty, care for women and children, mistrust of other men, and a determination to repress all signs of doubt, weakness or emotion. It comes as no surprise to learn that beneath this all-powerful exterior lurked a much less confident persona - one consumed with worry for his family, his wealth, his health. Aissa Wayne pulls no punches where her father's politics or his overbearing patriarchal presence are concerned. Yet somehow, the more candid she is, the more one ends up on liking the Duke. It's hard not to like a man who poured so much of his own fortune into 'The Alamo', a project he believed in passionately, just as there is something endearing, not to say life-affirming, about his Sisyphean struggle with 'the Big C'. Honest and heartfelt, this book will appeal to Wayne's fans, and perhaps cause his detractors to think again. (Kirkus UK)