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Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon

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A behind-the-scenes look at the life of the most extraordinary martial artist of all time—Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon is a photographic catalog of all facets of this fascinating man, from the start of his career to his untimely and tragic death in 1973. This book reveals a quiet family man behind the charismatic public persona. It shows the real Bruce Lee—the man who was so much more than an international film...

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Overview

A behind-the-scenes look at the life of the most extraordinary martial artist of all time—Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon is a photographic catalog of all facets of this fascinating man, from the start of his career to his untimely and tragic death in 1973. This book reveals a quiet family man behind the charismatic public persona. It shows the real Bruce Lee—the man who was so much more than an international film and martial arts celebrity.

This brilliant photo essay—compiled and edited by Bruce Lee expert John Little with the assistance of Lee's widow, Linda Lee Cadwell—reveals never-before-published family photos, including rare photos of Bruce's childhood in Hong Kong. Tender moments with his children are caught on camera and action shots from his martial arts films are shown.

With a preface by his daughter Shannon Lee and a foreword by wife Linda, the text is drawn directly from Bruce Lee's own diaries and journals. Based on the award-winning Warner Bros. documentary, Bruce Lee: In His Own Words, sections include:

  • Chronology of the Life of Bruce Lee
  • Early Years—why he began studying gung fu (kung fu) and took up wing chun, his first starring role, and his return to the US
  • Hollywood—why he got the part in The Green Hornet, teaching Steve McQueen, James Coburn and Stirling Silliphant, filming Enter the Dragon, The Way of the Dragon, Fist of Fury and more, training and acting with Chuck Norris, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dean Martin and Sharon Tate, and the creation of Jeet Kune Do (JKD)
  • Family—meeting Linda, having children, daily life
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Packed with tales about his youth in Hong Kong, his acting career in America, and his philosophies on fighting."Maxim

"[An] expansive collection of photos, from his Hong Kong childhood to fatherhood with son Brandon."Men's Fitness

"Childhood snapshots, behind-the-scenes Hollywood images, and rare candid photos combine to form a scrapbook of Bruce's whole life."Inside Kung Fu

"One look at this book and you won't be able to put it down...brilliantly assembled photographic essay."Martial Arts & Combat Sports

"...nearly every page is a gorgeous photo of Bruce Lee in all his glory. [...] If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this book is worth millions of words."—TheFightNerd.com

"Little's volume provides readers with a glossy collection of pictures that would make a nice addition to any martial artists' coffee table. [...]a sumptuous visual companion..."—Chinese Martial Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804844079
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Bruce Lee Library Series
  • Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 526,873
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Little is the world's preeminent authority on Bruce Lee and his work. He is the former associate publisher of Bruce Lee magazine, former managing editor of Knowing Is Not Enough the official newsletter of the Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Nucleus, and former director of the Bruce Lee Educational Foundation. He's shared this information with Lee's fans in his other edited books published by Tuttle Publishing, including: The Art of Expressing the Human Body, Bruce Lee: Artist of Life, Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee's Commentaries on the Martial Way, Letters of the Dragon, The Tao of Gung Fu: A Study in the Way of Chinese Martial Art, and Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2002

    Could be improved

    I am pleased that someone put together a blockbuster type book on bruce. The best photo is on the cover, though. I do like a lot of the shots, but there aren't enough good pictures in the book. There are only a few well selected pictures here. There are some outstanding shots from the opening scenes in ETD that they could have used, but for some reason they blew up some just ok ones, and they did a double page on some terrible looking ones. I wonder if it has something to do with not having access to all the photos. You have to be careful with assuming that they did the best job with what they have available to them. I mean, they released Game of Death, and the they edited out about 30 minutes of footage with Bruce! The photos from Return of the Dragon are good. It's too bad the rest of the book doesn't meet the same standards. Some of the commentary in the book is good, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2001

    A Dramitic Life Story

    Outstanding, to say anything else would be inaproprate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2000

    An amazing look behind the scenes

    I love the fact that the majority of the photos in this book seem to be from the Lee family photo album, not just the same old action shots of Bruce from his movies. Those are in the book, too, but they're either truly 'behind the scenes' shots from the sets or unique scenes to his greatest films. As a Lee buff, I think it's an essential.

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