To Me, He Was Just Dad: Stories of Growing Up with Famous Fathers by Joshua David Stein

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A new behind-the-scenes book takes a Regular Joe view of the Old Man.

Written by Jenn Thornton

It’s one thing to follow in the footsteps of one’s father…but his boots? The boots of, say, one of the biggest film stars in history? A tall order—about 6’ 4” to be exact. John Wayne is one of the many personalities chronicled in this compilation of first-person narratives from celebrity offspring; others include Nolan Ryan and Miles Davis. The recollection of Duke as a strong yet loving father—an example of his own high standards—comes from the youngest son of his seven kids, Ethan Wayne. It’s his kind of contribution that promises a big-daddy of a book for Father’s Day and beyond.

Buy now on Amazon. Proceeds benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.