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The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend
     

The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend

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by Glenn Frankel
 

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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

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The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Zorrothefox More than 1 year ago
This is a well-written book that looks at the story that inspired the book, then the classic movie, "The Searchers." The author does a fine job telling the story of Cynthia Ann Parker and how, over the years, the facts were changed, adapted or altered until the story became legend, inspiring an author to create "The Searchers," which inspired the John Ford Western.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glen Frankel presents a concise history of Indian abductions and the attitudes of the relatives of these abductees, especially the girls and women. He then provides an analysis of The Searchers, a movie by John Ford, about this subject, which the author considers a great movie. It is all very interesting, especially the personal details about John Wayne and John Ford.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well researched, very readable -- links real background history with the creation of one of the best western movies ever made. A quality read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an entertaining anf informative book that goes beyond the usual ' ....making of ' Hollywood gossip fare. Combining a history of the actual events that inspired both the book and movie of the same name the writer includes much more than expected. A history of the settling of Texas and the wars with both Mexico and the Comanches add a depth and compelling narrative and in the process dispells many myths. The second half deals with the making of the film and how it varied from the actual history of the abducted girl and the novel that inspired it. It all fits together perfectly and the concise, informative writing make this a winning book. Some of the history may be brief and move to quickly and the large cast can get confusing but the story is an epic American tale that has survived through time and is well documented in this book.
pococolo More than 1 year ago
Some interesting stuff but it took me 7 months to read. Got off to a slow start. The second half of the book was better, Recounted some history. Talked about the author of the book. Talked about Ford, the actors, their relationship. Finished with the shooting and production of the film. Included a lot of opinion. Read like someone's master's thesis.
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pmrambler More than 1 year ago
For a person who loves history and movies this is a must read. Being a person who lives in West Texas in the heart of Comancheria I really enjoyed the attention to detail about Texas History that the author takes in this effort to tell the story of Cynthia Ann. His take on John Ford and his movie making process was captivating as well. I can't wait to see the film.
BuhnyHuhny More than 1 year ago
...if you like movies, if you like history, if you like digging in to what makes people tick. You will enjoy this book. Not a biography nor an actual case study, but a look at what goes/went into making a modern classic movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great look at old Hollywood
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Like building a 3 legged stool of Utah sandstone! Part one is a history lesson that is as detailed as you would ever hope to get; the Cynitha Ann Parker story. Part two is the real razzle dazzle behind Hollywood and making pictures; the John Ford story. Part 3 is subtle but undeniable; the land itself, Monument Valley. You might need that sturdy stool to rest on because this is one book you are going to have trouble putting down! Wonderful read!!
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If you like the wild west, give this one a try.
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The author blends the story of John Ford and his classic Western with the story of the American settlers as they meet and clash with the Comanche nation. Brilliant study of American culture.