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Publisher Description

The definitive portrait of one of the most important cultural figures in American history: Walt Disney.

Walt Disney was a true visionary whose desire for escape, iron determination and obsessive perfectionism transformed animation from a novelty to an art form, first with Mickey Mouse and then with his feature films–most notably Snow White, Fantasia, and Bambi. In his superb biography, Neal Gabler shows us how, over the course of two decades, Disney revolutionized the entertainment industry. In a way that was unprecedented and later widely imitated, he built a synergistic empire that combined film, television, theme parks, music, book publishing, and merchandise. Walt Disney is a revelation of both the work and the man–of both the remarkable accomplishment and the hidden life.

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography

USA Today Biography of the Year

Biographies & Memoirs
Arthur Morey
hr min
November 21
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

Cazzie ,

Must Listen book for Disney Fans

I thought I would share my thoughts on the book Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination.  I have listened to the entire book once and segments a second time.  This is a must for ANY Disney fan, this book is extremely fascinating and really gives a inside look into Walt’s life and how the Disney company evolved and created all the “magic” we get to enjoy today.  It truly was a collaboration between his brother and himself.  The man had a huge vision and was very detailed oriented, which made him extremely successful in most things he tackled in his life.
In summary it is a must read or listen whatever your preference is. I have the hard cover and that is next on my list to tackle as well.  Neal did a great job bringing Walt’s life to life.

stitchemd ,

The Best Book Ever For Disney Fans

Awsome book deffently a must for Disney fans I have listened multiple times and always am suprised but some of the new info from this amazing dreamer.

Dr Tyrell ,

Little obsessed in areas, but very easy to piece it together

The book was incredibly detailed...at 33 hours how else could it be? Around Chapter 10 the author starts to obsess on accusing Walt of focusing on CONTROL in a detrimental way. Walt wanted to control his art like a master controlling the pen or brush, but the author attempted to spin it in an obsessed angle. If one wants to create a painting, they have to control themselves during the process. When creating Disneyland, the amount of which Walt had to control rose to levels that no man had ever imagined solo. I think it was a cheap shot and an immature take on a normal process that Walt had been doing his entire life. I know and have discussed Walt's last moment with folks that worked for him, and there are a lot of missing moments of Walt's last minutes on this planet. He did a lot of reviewing of projects before he died...none of which is mentioned. Still the book is exhaustingly detailed where it is. I salute the effort with 5 stars.

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