To the Stars

To the Stars

by George Takei

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ISBN-13: 9780671890094
Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek
Publication date: 12/01/1995
Series: Star Trek Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 680,278
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author


George Takei George Takei originated the role of Sulu, the helmsman of the Enterprise, in the first Star Trek television series, and includes among his film credits the Star Trek motion pictures and Oblivion, shot on location in Romania. An active member of several Asian-American societies, he is the first Japanese-American to be honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Mr. Takei has read numerous Simon & Schuster Audio productions, including his autobiography, To the Stars,published in 1994 by Pocket Books.

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To the Stars 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
terriko on LibraryThing 8 months ago
While this book is branded as a Star Trek autobiography, it is more a tale of Mr. Takei and his family, and what it means to be Japanese-American. He does an amazing job tying together Star Trek's vision of the future with the stark reality of his own past, including time spent in the concentration camps of America during the second world war, seen through the eyes of a child, through his sometimes idealistic attempts to make his way in the world of Hollywood, politics, and an ever-changing country. It's an autobiography written with a great deal of humility, hope, and a truly wonderful sense of humour. Well-recommended even to those uninterested in Star Trek, as Mr. Takei's story is a tale of growing up American that many people may never encounter without people willing to tell their stories.
PhoebeReading on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The first half of this autobiography, which describes Takei's family life in the shadow of Japanese internment, is stunning. Although his prose is imperfect (and prone to weird grandioseness, which seems fitting only if you imagine it read in the voice of . . . George Takei!), there's a real solid emotional resonance here. His affection for his family is the glue that holds the narrative together.But the second half of the book flounders, except when Takei discusses some of the relationships formed with Star Trek cast members, especially the rivalry with William Shatner (covered with a delicate, necessarily light touch). Otherwise, we're treated to long, rambling recollections of political experiences and acting gigs. The revelation, ten years after he wrote this, that he's gay is really the key to the mystery: our author is holding back on us emotionally, and that's where the narrative suffers.
Othemts on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Maybe the best Star Trek autobiography. Sulu was a great character, by Takei's life is all the more fascinating, including time spent in an internment camp, acting with John Wayne in The Green Beret, and running for public office in Los Angeles.
cestovatela on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I refuse to be embarassed of owning this book. George Takei is a surprisingly interesting person who grew up partly in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans and worked with migrant Mexican laborers on strawberry farms as a teenager. Reading this book when I was young opened my eyes to chapters of American history I'd never known about before.
buckeyebren on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I had read this book and liked it because I had always been a fan of George. I then found out he was coming to town to lecture about racism toward the Asian Americans during World War II and how it affected his life. I was able to attend his lecture and chat with him that evening, purchasing a second copy for him to sign.
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