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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,380 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neal Gabler Narrator: Leonardo Leoncavallo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bri Zabriskie | 2/17/2014

    " Best bio of Walt I found, major source for a paper I wrote for history. The thing that impressed me most about Disney was his tendency to hark back to the past as well as his enthusiasm for the technology of the future. I totally share that mindset. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christine | 2/6/2014

    " I grew up watching Walt on TV, and years later lived down the street from Disneyland. So this was a natural. Walt was a very complicated character, very different in a lot of ways from the congenial "Uncle Walt" that we saw on TV. No bombshells, but an interesting psychological study. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Al | 1/12/2014

    " A balanced, well researched biography. Very interesting read; Gabler's unifying theme of innovation, power and control kept the book moving and connected what was otherwise a somewhat scattered career. As a huge fan of Disney's work (both Walt and the overall company), I felt W. E. Disney was neither villified nor exalted. Instead he was treated fairly, as a great, innovative man with flaws. Would recommend to any Disney-phile who's looking to get more of a sense not just of Disney the man, but the company as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eli | 1/11/2014

    " As an aspiring Imagineer, I thought it would be wise to read this mammoth biography, which has been deemed the definitive biography of walt disney. The book did not disappoint, as the information that Gabler presented was detailed beyond my expectations. My biggest disappoint was that the book did not delve into the potential of Walt's final dream of EPCOT, and rather rushed through the last 5-10 years of his life with little recognition of his later dreams and ideas and how they could have done. Nonetheless, maybe I am demanding too much from a biography. All in all, an essential read for the Disney fan, and this book will make you understand how influential and inspiring a man Walt Disney was. "

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