Disney's World: A Biography

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Documents the stunning accomplishments of Disney's imaginative genius. It is not a flattering portrait. Library Journal

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Documents the stunning accomplishments of Disney's imaginative genius. It is not a flattering portrait. Library Journal

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this absorbing biography of the man who revolutionized the animated cartoon and whose theme parks still lure millions of visitors annually, Mosley (Lindbergh, Dulles, Marshall) does a superb job of recreating the saga of a talented Midwesterner who struggled to the top of his profession and, once there, ruled his studio with benevolent paternalism, yet never allowed others to share screen credits despite their contributions and abused his co-workers when the mood was on him. Although employees' salaries were low, Disney was shattered when his staff went on strike, and he turned into a bitter, anti-labor Red-baiter. But in his work he maintained integrity and invariably fought for the highest standards, even teetering on the brink financially to ensure excellence. Photos. December
Library Journal
Coming soon after Mosley's biography of the long-time head of 20th Century-Fox ( Zanuck ) is this biography of another Hollywood mogul, Walt Disney. Mosley begins almost apologetically, defending his effort to show ``the real Walt Disney.'' But as it turns out, even if Walt sometimes swore or was often grouchy, no shocking skeletons are exposed. Instead, this is a standard, well-researched biography of the prime creator of Mickey Mouse. (Some errors have slipped throughe.g., One Hundred Men and a Girl was produced at Universal, not Paramount.) The dearth of sensational material will keep this off the best-seller lists, but if your copy of Bob Thomas's Walt Disney is missing or worn, then Disney's World will serve well as a replacement. John Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Freehold, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812885149
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Edition description: 1st Scarborough House pbk. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 461,496
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2008

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    This being my third Disney biography, i must say i was boderline apalled. The book had some good insight and info, but overll it seemed that the author had an almost personal vendetta against Walt. He didn't seem to ever give Walt the benefit of the doubt. I know Walt Disney had flaws, but the author could've used some more tact in his explanation of them. Again, pretty decent read, just a little harsh for the most successful and imaginative business man of our time. You would be much better served reading the Bob Thomas biography wich i thought was terrific

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Hatchet job

    Slanderous and badly researched.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2006

    Great book for kids , And adults.

    This would be a wonderful book for people to read if they wanted to know anyhting about Walt Disney. This is an infromative book. It tells you about how it was founded and how much it has progressed over the years. From an Idea , To being real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2000

    Well Documented Biography from Mosley

    Leonard Mosley has done a wonderful job by accurately documenting Walt Disney's life. Most of us do not want to disrupt the memories that we have of a true American legend. According to Mosley, his book was not ment to set out and upset or destroy the image of Walt Disney. A true biography tells all of a person's life, good and bad times both. Mosley has done an excellent job portraying Disney. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the man that created the Disney legacy. I also recommend this book to any American Studies student for their biography project.

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