Walt Disney: An American Original

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Walt Disney is an American hero--the creator of Mickey Mouse, and a man who changed the face of American culture. After years of research, with the full cooperation of the Disney family and access to private papers and letters, Bob Thomas produced the definitive biography of the man behind the legend--the unschooled cartoonist from Kansas City who went bankrupt on his first movie venture but became the genius who produced unmatched works of animation. Complete with a rare collection of photographs, Bob Thomas' ...
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Overview

Walt Disney is an American hero--the creator of Mickey Mouse, and a man who changed the face of American culture. After years of research, with the full cooperation of the Disney family and access to private papers and letters, Bob Thomas produced the definitive biography of the man behind the legend--the unschooled cartoonist from Kansas City who went bankrupt on his first movie venture but became the genius who produced unmatched works of animation. Complete with a rare collection of photographs, Bob Thomas' biography is a fascinating and inspirational work that captures the spirit of Walt Disney.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786860272
  • Publisher: Disney Editions
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Series: Disney Editions Deluxe Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 63,396
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2002

    What a guy!!!

    I have to admit, I normally hate reading. I have about three or four books that i started to read but just didn't have the interest to finish them. All that changed when i picked up this book. I purchased it because of my childish love for the Disney World and everything associated with it. I love this book, i am not even all the way done with it and i can say it's one of my favorties. I couldn't wait to get to the next page to see how he was going to get out of each financial mess or what he would come up with next. Walt Disney was an amazing man and everything about his personality amazed me. If i ever have to recommend a book to anyone, it would be this one, (and Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger). Although I am a female, Walt Disney is someone I can see myself striving to be as I becme older. He never gave in to people who didn't believe in his vision and his dream. Walt Disney was truly amazing and I hope that his legacy of imagintions and dreams lives on forever.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2000

    An excellent biography of an American icon

    I read this biography with considerable interest. I was not very old when Walt Disney died, but I remember watching the Wonderful World of Disney every Sunday evening. Even at that young age, I recognized that Walt Disney was something special, something unique. This book helped to give me a sense of Walt Disney that was much deeper than what I could possibly have gotten from his Sunday night shows or even his movies and cartoon characters. This book brought a real sense of humanity to this great American icon. It helped me to see that Walt Disney was just a man, but a man with a vision and the courage to follow his dreams even in the face of seemingly overwhelming obstacles. This book takes the reader on a journey from Walt¿s birth through his death and finally to the opening of Walt Disney World in Florida. This book is easy to read and seems very complete and thorough. I appreciated that the author did not seem to particularly build Walt up, nor did he tear him down. He presented the information in a factual and respectful manner. So many times biographies seem to be written to push the author¿s agenda and so information seems slanted. I did not get the feeling that this was true with this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to know Walt Disney better and to anyone that would like to read about a true American success story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2010

    Well Written & Inspiring

    The book will lead you through many of W. Disney's failures and successes. A great read to motivate any entrepreneur, let the Disney spirit inspire you to be your very best! The book will leave you saying "why did Walt have to leave us so soon"!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    An all around good book!!

    It makes you want to go out and invent something or create something big. Excellent writing!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    If you are a fan of Walt Disney this is a must read

    Great historical view of the life and times of walt disney ...if you have any interest in understanding how hard his life really was and how much of a visionary, leader and risk taker he was this is a definite must read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2009

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    Wonderful Walt

    Great Biography! It lets you really get to know the man behind the mouse. I never knew his childhood and it's quite interesting. I had to do a project on someone, and I love all things Disney, so I decided to get to know the man behind it all a little better, and boy! It was a great read! If you love Disney, have ever been to Disney World/Land, have seen any Disney movie, then this book is a must! You really get to know Walt!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2007

    Excellent Look at a Basic man with a Extraordinary Dream

    As an avid Disney World fan and patron I felt the need to look deeper into the man who created an American Empire. Excellent read and awe inspiring for anyone who might have any ideas of making a dream come true of their own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2005

    Great Introduction to the Man Behind the Mouse

    Compared with other biographies I've read, this one manages to be thorough without allowing itself to get bogged down in detail. True, the book slows to a crawl when recounting the Mary Poppins production, but overall, I found this work to be a fast, enjoyable and well-written biography that gave me a deeper appreciation of Mr. Disney. Please keep in mind that this book was published by Disney, so some of Walt's faults may have been glossed over, but who cares? I highly recommend this to anyone looking to get a deeper understanding of the man behind the mouse.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2004

    Walt Disney

    My favorite character in this book is Walt Disney because I liked what he did in Orlando, Florida and because he painted a pig on his house.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2004

    AN INSPIRING DREAM

    This biography of the life of Walter Elias Disney has inspired me to reach new goals in life and not take life for granted. This one man's imagination has proven to the World to Dream. In later years, this book should be labled a classic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2002

    TALK ABOUT A MAN FOLLOWING HIS DREAM

    THIS IS A GREAT BOOK TO READ IF YOU WANT TO LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST. A TRUE RAGS TO RICHES STORY THAT MAKES YOU BELIEVE DREAMS DO COME TRUE.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2000

    Disney's best face yet...

    I thought this biography was the most fun and entertaining book I have ever read. I almost forgot I was assigned to read it.Bob Thomas gives us the very personal and detailed view of Walt's life and his hard, long struggle in the animation world.The stages of Walt's life are seperated into very simple, and easily understood chapters. I learned a lot about the great Walt disney, his life and his legacy through this fine book.I recommend this book to anyone with a big heart and an imaginative mind. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2014

    I read this in less than a week and it's a sizable book. It is w

    I read this in less than a week and it's a sizable book. It is well written, of course, but it is also always entertaining. Even when describing their time in the midwest where not much was going on, the author really does draw you in. 

    I am a huge Disney fan, more the man than the business,and it was very interesting to see that it was not all magic and wishes. It was a tough life and an even tougher journey. I really encourage this read even if you aren't a Disney fanatic. What Walt and his brother Roy accomplished is incredible! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    I normally don't read biographies, but this one was exceptional.

    I normally don't read biographies, but this one was exceptional.  Really interesting and well written.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    If you love Disney you'll love this book!

    I've always been a Disney fan (grew up with the Mouseketeers) and this book is an excellent history of Walt and the Disney Company. I'd recommend this to everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2011

    very informative

    this book was first published in the 70s by a man probably long gone, however, his insights and stories on the life of Walt Disney are most likely (I've only read a few) best of quality in comparison to other books about Walt. -A must for Disney buffs!

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