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One of Hollywood’s all-time great leading men, James Garner enjoyed a remarkable career spanning six decades, and whether you know him as Bret Maverick or Jim Rockford, his appeal bridges generations. Few know the real story, now told in this intimate memoir of growing up in Depression-era Oklahoma and triumphing in Hollywood.

After physical abuse at the hands of his stepmother, Garner left home at fourteen. He was Oklahoma’s first draftee of the Korean War, receiving two Purple Hearts for combat wounds. Back in Los Angeles in need of a job, Garner reluctantly tried acting and was surprised to find his career taking off. Working with such luminaries as Julie Andrews, Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen, and Clint Eastwood, he became a star in his own right. He threw himself into his work, and despite stage fright and bouts of depression, constant physical pain and epic battles with the Hollywood establishment, he became the acting equivalent of a national monument.

Written with Jon Winokur, The Garner Files is a wry, engaging self-portrait chronicling the vagaries of a screen career along with the cast of personal and professional characters that helped shape a great American life.

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The Garner Files
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July 6th, 2014
Loved this book. Funny, heartfelt & honest. I laughed right out loud at some of James straight-forward remarks & opinions. Of course, then I had to explain to surrounding people what I was laughing at. Usual remark was "Oh, I love him. What's his book called and where did you get it?" Expect in influx of orders: I've recommended it to everyone I know.
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Entertaining and informative read
March 4th, 2013
Truly enjoyed this book. It provided fascinating insights into my two favourite movies, The Great Escape and Grand Prix. I only wish it had more detail on these two movies.
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