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Steve McQueen: The Great Escape

McQueenby Wes D. Gehring

The poster-child victim of a dysfunctional family from Beech Grove, Steve McQueen experienced an unsettled early life with a rebellious and alcoholic mother.

McQueen channeled his difficult childhood into a masterful career on screen portraying tough, self-sufficient characters in such iconic films as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles, Bullitt and Papillon.

In this new book from IHS Press, nationally known film historian Wes D. Gehring explores how McQueen rose from a troubled youth into one of Hollywood’s top box-office stars of the 1960s and 1970s, and how he attempted to ease the lives of other troubled youth. The book delves into McQueen’s early success as a television star on the hit Western Wanted: Dead or Alive, his sometimes rocky relationships with women, his sardonic sense of humor, the actor’s love of fast cars and motorcycles, and McQueen’s often neglected acting.

Wes Gehring is a professor of film at Ball State University, an associate media editor and columnist for USA Today magazine, and the award-winning author of 29 books.

Steve McQueen: The Great Escape is made possible by a generous grant from the Lacy Foundation. 

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