The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend
Glenn Frankel's most recent book is the riveting true account behind that classic Western—and the amazing history of that story, as it was transformed into an American myth. It is the
first book to focus on the making of John Wayne's greatest film, one that has inspired modern filmmakers such as Spielberg, Lucas and Scorsese.
Praise for The Searchers: The Making
of an American Legend.
A vivid, revelatory account of John Ford’s 1956 masterpiece. The New York Times
Impeccably researched…a fascinating journey from fiction to fact, from glorified legend to brutal event. The Washington Post
Riveting…a gripping portrayal of a mesmerizing period of American history.
Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
A gracefully presented narrative…clearly written account of an obsessive search through the tangled borderland of fact and fiction, legend and myth.
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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"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."
"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."
Jeanine Basinger, THE WASHINGTON POST
What place does John Ford's masterpiece occupy in our national consciousness? As Glenn Frankel puts it in The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, his fascinating new book about the picture and the history behind it, "The Searchers is perhaps the greatest Hollywood film that few people have seen."
Martin Scorsese, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Frankel first began looking into Cynthia Ann's story when he heard it mentioned in a documentary about The Searchers, one of his favorite films. Frankel fell in love with The Searchers in the fall of 1969, watching it in a film class at Columbia taught by Andrew Sarris, who was at the time a Village Voice film critic."
Amy Gentry, THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE
"...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, multimedia “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."