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Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

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The first full-scale, annotated biography of Walt Disney, from the Los Angeles Times Book Award-winning author of Winchell. Few personalities ever loom large enough in the cultural consciousness that their names alone immediately evoke an image, a set … see full wiki

Author: Neal Gabler
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher: Vintage
Date Published: October 9, 2007
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You Want Disney, Here He Is

  • Jun 18, 2010
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+5

     There are a lot of myths and urban legends surrounding the Disney legacy.  As a die-hard Disney fanatic, this book acts as my bible ranging from everything to Walt, to the films, to the park.  While neither being a myth-buster nor tell-all book, this autobiography clearly paints a portrait of a true visionary without leaving out any detail.  If you truly want to get a sense behind one of the most influential people of the 20th century, this is the only book you'll need.
     With over 150 pages of Notes and Bibliography references, Neal Gabler has successfully researched the material and offers his resources under a meticulous eye in a completely engrossing story.  You can flip to any random page of the novel and immediately get rapped up in the real-life drama unfolding.  When I am interested in a particular topic, what I like to do is find it in the book and branch into other parts of the book that peak my interest, like loosing myself in Wikipedia articles. 
     What makes this read so fulfilling is that the reader can approach it from any perspective.  Walt Disney was a businessman, animator, producer, inventor, and entrepreneur.  The book balances are these different parts that make up the life of the man with equal attention and not going to far into one or the other, so it is very easy to relate to Walt no matter what anecdotes about him you are most attracted to.  A large part of this ease comes from Gabler's writing style of limiting his voice in his writing to allow the biography to very readable.   He knows how to communicate the drama and tension Walt Disney felt under pressure in situations we will never experience, and yet I was drawn to the story as though I were reading a work of fiction.  Don't be frightened of the 600 pages, because it is very easy to find something extraordinary in a man whose life has impacted all of ours from early childhood.


 




 

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June 18, 2010
Wow, this sounds like a phenomonal book and one that I would definitely like to read. As you say, there were so many facets to Disney. Thanks for the fine review!
 
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