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“John McTiernan: The Rise and Fall of an Action Movie Icon is, from the first page, an engrossing and enjoyable read for anyone who appreciates the director or his work… absolutely absorbing.” – Fanbase Press

John McTiernan: The Rise and Fall of An Action Movie Icon was published June 19, 2018 by McFarland & Co. Publishers. You can purchase a copy here or here:

“John McTiernan is one of the most influential action filmmakers of his generation. Educated at the American Film Institute and influenced by European cinematic style, he made his name with a trio of groundbreaking action films—Predator, Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October. His later output was a mixture of successes and failures, including Last Action Hero, one of the most colossal misfires in Hollywood history. His career and personal life came unravelled when he was indicted and briefly imprisoned for involvement in a wiretapping scandal.

Drawing on extensive research, the author covers McTiernan’s tumultuous life and career, from his early triumphs through his extensive legal battles and his multiple attempts at a comeback.”

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Tony Scott: A Filmmaker on Fire

Tony Scott got his start as a film director when he joined his brother at the lucrative commercial directing company Ridley Scott Associates. After directing Top Gun–his second film, which changed not only the trajectory of his own life but of the entire action-movie industry–Scott’s career would be a roller coaster of blockbuster hits, personal films and confounding failures.

With extensive research and original interviews from actors, cinematographers and writers, this book documents Tony Scott’s larger-than-life persona from his early days to his untimely death, which left a hole in genre filmmaking yet to be filled.