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 Hunting Marlon Brando: A True Story

 “Mike Sager is the beat poet of American journalism, that rare reporter who can make literature out of shabby reality. Equal parts reporter, ethnographer, stylist and cultural critic, Sager has for years carried the tradition of Tom Wolfe on his broad shoulders, chronicling the American scene and psyche. Nobody does it sharper, smarter, or with more style. What a career– and this is just a slice of it.”— Walt Harrington, award-winning author of The Everlasting Stream, editor of Intimate Journalism

At first it sounded ridiculous: Go to Tahiti and find Marlon Brando.

Mike Sager was 30 years old, divorce pending, no longer the youngest in the room. After ten years as a journalist, he’d learned a lot about other people, and a little about himself, but not nearly as much as he’d hoped. Now, winter was coming. His prospects were dim. He had no date for New Year’s. He was spending a lot of time staring at his own reflection in a smudged little mirror.

 He needed was a mission—a real, choice mission: A quest.

As it was, the legendary editor of the Washington Post Magazine suggested an all-expenses-paid search for the elusive actor Marlon Brando—the star of such movie classics as A Street Car Named Desire, The Godfather, and Apocalypse Now—at his exclusive south seas hideaway.

 Sager took the job. Wouldn’t you?

 Sager’s story of his worldwide hunt for the iconic actor is a totally true tale of far-flung travel, grandiose schemes, tropical adventure, Hollywood superstardom, journalistic coming of age . . . and a beautiful Tahitian translator, who puts Sager’s mission in jeopardy when she suddenly disappears.

Brando’s work on stage and screen paved the way for generations of actors, as did his work as a social activist. In the process, he created a distinct new template for American manhood—flawed, mercurial, quixotic, tough but tender. A classic piece first published in 1987, now completely renovated and re-written, and up-dated with 40,000 words of new material.

 “You have to dare to be bad in this world of ours, you have to try stuff, you might have to fail. One thing is certain: If you do what you always do, it’s guaranteed to turn out the same.”