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

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.


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About Neal Gabler

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Neal Gabler lives in Amagansett, New York.
 
Published October 31, 2006 by Vintage. 880 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Neal Gabler’s new biography asserts that this animator not only created a new art form, but also “changed the world.”

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Neal Gabler’s biography of Walt Disney presents a man in flight from a deprived childhood.

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The Guardian

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Disney's animators based Mickey's gestures on Disney's, his voice was performed by Disney.

Apr 07 2007 | Read Full Review of Walt Disney (Vintage)

Book Reporter

perceived as a repulsive creature --- as Disney's signature.

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Entertainment Weekly

When he died in 1966 at the age of 65, Walt Disney — animation pioneer, theme-park trailblazer, and ubiquitous, avuncular TV host — left a deep abscess in a lot of lives.

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USA Today

According to Neal Gabler's masterful new book, Walt Disney was not the warm and wise patriarch, not the cynical Hydra-headed purveyor of crass entertainment loathed by intellectuals, nor the vice-ridden, alcoholic anti-Semite depicted in recent biographies.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Whit Stillman Critical Summary Neal Gabler, who penned a well-received biography of journalist Walter Winchell and An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, among other books, is the first writer to have complete access to the Walt Disney archives.

Aug 21 2007 | Read Full Review of Walt Disney (Vintage)

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