"[A] vivid, revelatory account of John Ford's 1956 masterpiece."-The New York Times Book Review
Glenn Frankel worked for nearly thirty years for the Washington Post, as a reporter, a foreign correspondent, and editor of the Washington Post Magazine. As Jerusalem bureau chief, he won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for "sensitive and balanced reporting from Israel and the Middle East." His first book, Beyond the Promised Land: Jews and Arabs on the Hard Road to a New Israel won the National Jewish Book Award. His second, Rivonia's Children: Three Families and the Cost of Conscience in White South Africa was a finalist for South Africa's prestigious Alan Paton Award. Frankel has been an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellow and a Hearst Visiting Professional in the Department of Communication at Stanford. He is currently the Director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.
Impeccably researched...[Frankel's] book is a fascinating journey from fiction to fact, from glorified legend to brutal event... 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 Washington Post This two-pronged history by the Pulitzer-winning journalist dives into the infamously difficult production of the iconic John Wayne Western and-perhaps more intriguing-the 1836 kidnapping of a Texas girl, which inspired the film Entertainment Weekly, "The Must List" Before The Searchers was a blockbuster movie, it was a book. And before it was a book it was part of Texas lore. And before that, it was a true story. Glenn Frankel has traced the evolution of this story from the rugged plains of the American Southwest to Hollywood ... [The Searchers] is a book about the stories that we tell about ourselves. NPR, "Weekend Edition"