20—The Garner Files, A Memoir by James Gar-ner & Jon Winokur

Simon & Schuster, 2011

Maverick is Rockford is James Garner. James Garner is Maverick is Rockford. The characters James Garner portrays are the embodiment of James Garner. He is tough, fair, loved by many and has a wonderful sense of humor. He has worked with many of the stars of his generation and is friends with most of them.  

Garner is not your typical "Movie Star." He has been married to the same woman for over 50 years. He met Lois Clarke at a party, and within a month they were married. 

In the Garner files he tells about his early life, the abuse he suffered at the hands of his step mother, his schooling his military service, his start in the movies and television, and more.

This is a well-written, entertaining, insightful memoir. 

The last chapter of the book is composed of testimonials by his family, friends, and peers. If you read nothing else in the book but this final chapter you will know James Garner.

I wish James Garner was my friend.

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