Library JournalThis book is called the first truly unauthorized biography, and in the case of Disney, unauthorized is important because all previous ``authorized'' biographies had to pass the scrutiny of Disney Studios. Without manuscript approval, the Disney archives were off-limits to Eliot ( Down Thunder Road: The Making of Bruce Springsteen , LJ 8/92), although their contents could be gleaned from other works on his subject. This volume includes interviews--both anonymous and attributed--with former Disney animators. The darker side of Disney includes his cooperation with the House Un-American Activities Committee and the FBI, as well as ``Uncle Walt's'' strong antiunion campaigns. His troubled personal life is explored both as biography and as the source of his creative expressions. While not without flaws, this book is essential for any library that wants to provide an alternative to the sanitized versions of Dinsey's life.-- Sherle Abramson, Williamsburg Regional Lib., Va.
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Walt Disney: Hollywood's Dark Prince based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Apparently the author had a bad childhood and doesn't like Walt. This book does nothing but cut Walt Disney down with no proof to back up what the author says. All the information the auther has comes from hearsay from others who apparently didn't like Walt either. We all know no one is as perfect as the media makes a person out to be, but neither are they all this bad. In one chapter the author quotes a report to the FBI apparently from Walt and the author says Walt is calling a prominant person a communist. No where in the article is the name of the person listed or is there the word "communist" in the article. An author can write whatever he or she wants but I wouldn't waste my time or money on this book.
Whether you decide to believe any claims made in this book or completely discredit the author as pessimistic, one must admit that it is quite intriguiging. Every other bio of Walt Disney seems to paint the history-maker as a perfect father-like gem. Though Disney's gretness is mentioned in this book, 'Hollywood's Dark Prince' shines light equally on the lesser-revealed details of Disney's life. Whether it be fact or fiction, I cou dn't put the book down.
Walt Disney was a creative genius, and like all creative personalities he had his personal demons. This book seems to add a few more demons to that list that even Walt wouldn't have known about. It tries to discredit his values, and taint his image. It makes for engaging reading, but only if you enjoy bios where the lines between fact and fiction are severely blurred!
Only a truly pessimistic antisocial degenerate could believe this list of lies. Walt Disney's world renown makes him an easy target for criticism and conspiracy theories, but this is unforgivable. I have read tons of autobiographies about Walt Disney, authorized and unauthorized and I fail to see any solid evidence to back up these alligations. All of those children who hated their parents can go on believing these lies, but I think that I will go on believing that he is still one of the greatest men that ever has been or will be. I only wish that he was still alive so that I could thank him myself.
Walt Disney - Hollywoods Dark Prince by Marc Elliot is simply an astoundingly great book to read. It follows in thorough detail, the life of Walt Disney, the well known creator of Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck among others. The book probes not just into the good side of Disney, the goodwill trips and fun, but also the more nervous side of Disney. This book has the advantage of being an unauthorized book, which of course means that the Disney studios cannot get hold of it and change it to suit the thoughts of the Walt Disney Company. The book is very thorough and will keep you glued for hours if you get the chance to read it for that long! A truely classic book, one of the best I've read 10/10