Stalin and Mao Tried to Assassinate John Wayne, New Book Claims

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Steven Travers is an historian, guest lecturer at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and author of 20 books and screenplays. He's a conservative author whose own publicity posits grimly that the "old way" of American patriotism and macho values have been destroyed and replaced with the "world now dominated by Barack Obama."

One of Travers' biggest heroes is that paragon of John Birch-era Orange County, John Wayne. And it is the Duke himself who is the protagonist of Travers' new book The Duke, The Longhorns and Chairman Mao, which you can find in bookstores, or at least on Amazon, on April 7. The book makes some truly remarkable claims about Wayne, who Travers argues was an anti-communist icon of such stature that two of the worst communist dictators of the 20th Century tried to have him assassinated.

Stalin, Travers claims, tried to whack Wayne twice, specifically because Wayne was "exposing communist infiltration of Hollywood," according to a press release on the book. But the attempts by these unidentified "Homegrown Hollywood Communists" were foiled and "Wayne and the FBI captured [the] Russian hitmen and turned them into assets of U.S. Intelligence" who were sent back to spy on the Soviet Union.

Other claims:

*"Communist mass murderer Mao Tse-tung sent a Chinese assassin to Vietnam, where he barely missed Wayne at a Marine base camp, only to be captured and questioned by the Duke himself"

*"Wayne practically slugged Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in a 1958 scene that may well have been the model for George C. Scott's confrontation with the Russian general in "Patton"

*"Wayne's incendiary 1966 speech to the USC football team at Austin, Texas was possibly relayed by USC filmmaker John Milius to his friend Francis Ford Coppola, then writing "Patton," and turned into Scott's iconic opening speech"

The Weekly eagerly anticipates reading this book so we can provide further information regarding these groundbreaking historical revelations. Regarding Wayne's presence in Vietnam during the war, the notion that a Chinese assassin tried to kill him there would certainly be a shocker. The most interesting anecdote about Wayne in 'Nam that we could find involves the time the Duke screened his film Fort Apache in front of an audience of Green Berets and Montagnards in Pleiku. As Wayne later recounted, every time the Indians attacked the Cavalry, the Montagnards cheered.

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MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

"All these commies in Hollywood are getting to be rigoddamndiculous."

-John Wayne, in my dreams

timothynoble41
timothynoble41

It was rumored that John and Dick Nixon were homosexual lovers.

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

I remember the old MDC song:

John Wayne was a Nazi
He liked to play S.S.
He had a picture of Adolph ole' boy
Tucked in his cowboy vest.

Well, he would string up your mama
Sure he would torture your pop
Sure he would march you up to the wall
Sure he would hang you by your last ball.

He was a nazi!
But not anymore
He was a nazi, life evens the score
He was a nazi!
But not anymore
He was a nazi

John Wayne slaughtered our Indian brothers
Burned their villages and raped their mothers
Now he has given them a white man's lord
"Live by this, or die by my sword!"

He was a nazi!
He's not anymore
He was a nazi, life evens the score
He was a nazi!
But not anymore
He was a nazi

John Wayne killed a lot of gooks in war.
We don't give a fuck about John anymore.
We know his tale of blood and gore,
Just another pawn for the capitalist whore.

He was a nazi!
He's not anymore
He was a nazi, life evens the score
He was a nazi!
But not anymore
He was a nazi

John Wayne wore an army uniform
Didn't like us reds and fags that didn't conform
Great White Hero had so much nerve,
Lived much longer than he deserved

You were a nazi!
You're not anymore
You were a nazi, life evens the score
You were a nazi!
But not anymore
You were a nazi

Late show Indian or Mexican dies
Klan propaganda legitimized
Hypocrite coward never fought a real fight
When i see John i'm ashamed to be white
Death Bed Christian of this you avowed
If god's alive, you'll roast in Hell
Well done, we've got no regrets,
As long as you died a long and painful death.

You were a nazi!
You're not anymore
You were a nazi, death evened the score
You were a nazi!
But not anymore
You were a nazi!
Death evened the score,
You're dead, dead, dead.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Looks like scholars are going to have to "duke" it out on this one...

roman_archer
roman_archer

I actually saw MDC (that's Millions of Dead Cops for the uninitiated) preform "John Wayne Was A Nazi" live at the Palladium several years ago. To this day they were the loudest band I've ever heard. And speaking about songs about The Duke, does anyone remember the Gaye Bykers On Acid tune "John Wayne Was A Fag"?

roman_archer
roman_archer

Yes, louder than Spinal Tap. Somehow MDC had the capabilities to set their amplifiers to 12.

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