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Walt Disney by Neal Gabler

Walt Disney

The Triumph of the American Imagination

by Neal Gabler

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Seven years in the making and meticulously researched, here is the definitive portrait of one of the most important figures in American entertainment and cultural history.

From the young Walt Disney breaking free of a heartland childhood to the visionary whose desire for escape honed an innate sense of what people wanted to see on the screen, witness Disney reinvent animation, first with Mickey Mouse and then with his feature films, from a novelty based on movement to an art form that presented an illusion of life.

Gabler reveals a wounded, lonely and often disappointed man who at times retreated into pitiable seclusion in his model train workshop, yet still reshaped the entertainment industry by building a synergistic empire in a way that was unprecedented and later widely imitated.

This is a masterly biography, a revelation of both the work and the man-of both the remarkable accomplishments and the hidden life.

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Full Portrait of Walt Disney
Reviewer LOLDavid
 November 18, 2008
This is a good biography of Walt Disney and his life and creations. Gabler is an excellent writer who tells all about Walt without having any agenda as to Walt's portrayal. This covers all the business which Walt presided over from his early years as an animator to his establishing his own studio to creating numerous feature-length animated films to his creation of Disneyland. I would recommend this abridgement as it pretty much covers everything I wanted to know.

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  • Published: October 2006
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: W021533
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