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)



 

LISTEN TO GLENN'S INTERVIEW WITH WEEKEND
EDITION SUNDAY  ​HOST RACHEL MARTIN ON NPR
LISTEN TO GLENN'S INTERVIEW WITH
DIANE REHM ON NPR​
LISTEN TO GLENN DISCUSS 'THE SEARCHERS' AT POLITICS AND PROSE IN WASHINGTON D.C. VIA SLATE.COM ​​

"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

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