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Walt Disney was one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, a man whose name remains almost synonymous with American childhood. His iconic creations—Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Cinderella, Bambi, Disneyland—have become fixtures of our cultural landscape. Behind the Disney magic, however, lay a life of constant turmoil and conflict. In this fast-paced, highly readable b Walt Disney was one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, a man whose name remains almost synonymous with American childhood. His iconic creations—Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Cinderella, Bambi, Disneyland—have become fixtures of our cultural landscape. Behind the Disney magic, however, lay a life of constant turmoil and conflict. In this fast-paced, highly readable biography, Alexander Kennedy takes us from cradle to grave in the life of this troubled genius. Walt, an abused child, finds an outlet from his sufferings in art. But his ability and ambition soon set in motion a life that even he could not have imagined: a life of love and tragedy, success and betrayal, genius and disaster. As a studio head, Disney is forced to battle family and business partners, billionaires and unions, and communist plots of his own paranoid imaginings. But through all the highs and lows, he nonetheless continues to produce his masterpieces, forever redefining American animation... "If you can dream it, you can do it.” - Walt Disney Buy Now to Discover: The origins of Disney films including Snow White, Fantasia, and many more. Disney’s early failed business ventures, and his remarkable ability to persist nonetheless. The theft of Disney’s first popular character—and how it led to an even more famous creation. Disney’s lifelong struggles with depression and paranoia. The national controversy of Song of the South, Disney’s depiction of slavery. The true story of what happened to Disney’s remains. Disney’s legacy to the American movie industry. Read Your Book Now Your book will be instantly and automatically delivered to your Kindle device, smartphone, tablet, and computer. FREE Bonus Book Buy this book now and receive instant access to your free Kindle ebook. Money Back Guarantee If you start reading our book and are not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return it to Amazon within 7 days for a full refund. Go to Your Account -> Manage Your Content and Devices -> Find the Book -> Return for Full Refund. Buy Now and Read the True Story of Walt Disney Thank you in advance for buying our book. We know you'll love it!


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Walt Disney was one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, a man whose name remains almost synonymous with American childhood. His iconic creations—Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Cinderella, Bambi, Disneyland—have become fixtures of our cultural landscape. Behind the Disney magic, however, lay a life of constant turmoil and conflict. In this fast-paced, highly readable b Walt Disney was one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, a man whose name remains almost synonymous with American childhood. His iconic creations—Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Cinderella, Bambi, Disneyland—have become fixtures of our cultural landscape. Behind the Disney magic, however, lay a life of constant turmoil and conflict. In this fast-paced, highly readable biography, Alexander Kennedy takes us from cradle to grave in the life of this troubled genius. Walt, an abused child, finds an outlet from his sufferings in art. But his ability and ambition soon set in motion a life that even he could not have imagined: a life of love and tragedy, success and betrayal, genius and disaster. As a studio head, Disney is forced to battle family and business partners, billionaires and unions, and communist plots of his own paranoid imaginings. But through all the highs and lows, he nonetheless continues to produce his masterpieces, forever redefining American animation... "If you can dream it, you can do it.” - Walt Disney Buy Now to Discover: The origins of Disney films including Snow White, Fantasia, and many more. Disney’s early failed business ventures, and his remarkable ability to persist nonetheless. The theft of Disney’s first popular character—and how it led to an even more famous creation. Disney’s lifelong struggles with depression and paranoia. The national controversy of Song of the South, Disney’s depiction of slavery. The true story of what happened to Disney’s remains. Disney’s legacy to the American movie industry. Read Your Book Now Your book will be instantly and automatically delivered to your Kindle device, smartphone, tablet, and computer. FREE Bonus Book Buy this book now and receive instant access to your free Kindle ebook. Money Back Guarantee If you start reading our book and are not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return it to Amazon within 7 days for a full refund. Go to Your Account -> Manage Your Content and Devices -> Find the Book -> Return for Full Refund. Buy Now and Read the True Story of Walt Disney Thank you in advance for buying our book. We know you'll love it!

30 review for Walt Disney: Making Magic (The True Story of Walt Disney) (Historical Biographies of Famous People)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    Poorly written This is not a very well written book at all, but it did have some information I haven't learned before this. Poorly written This is not a very well written book at all, but it did have some information I haven't learned before this.

  2. 4 out of 5

    MA

    Not for a Starry-Eyed Disney Fan Kennedy admits in the beginning of the book that Walt Disney was a study in ambiguity — allegedly anti-Semetic but regularly contributed to Jewish charities; a conservative concerned with providing quality “family” entertainment but paid most of his employees poverty-level wages — and the only compliment he ever paid his employees was on his way out the door the last time he set foot in his studio. “He once said, ‘I am not ‘Walt Disney.’ I do a lot of things ‘Walt Not for a Starry-Eyed Disney Fan Kennedy admits in the beginning of the book that Walt Disney was a study in ambiguity — allegedly anti-Semetic but regularly contributed to Jewish charities; a conservative concerned with providing quality “family” entertainment but paid most of his employees poverty-level wages — and the only compliment he ever paid his employees was on his way out the door the last time he set foot in his studio. “He once said, ‘I am not ‘Walt Disney.’ I do a lot of things ‘Walt Disney’ would never do.’ “ He referred to smoking and drinking but his entire life seems to fit that quote from the book. I’m one of those starry-eyed Disney fans and I have to admit I found some of Disney’s actions disappointing at the least. I grew up in a pro-union family and the stories about his union-busting actions definitely rubbed me the wrong way. I was also very surprised at the relationship between Walt and Roy. I was always under the impression that the two were very close but the book made it sound like they were at odds more often than not. But the most upsetting thing to me was Disney’s involvement during the “Red Scare” of the 50s, including testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee. I think that especially bothered me after just reading “The Hours Count” by Jillian Cantor and wondering if the Rosenbergs were railroaded just to satisfy the country’s prevailing bloodlust. The idea that Walt Disney was involved in anything that detestable is extremely loathsome to me. The book ended — after Walt’s death — almost shilling for the Walt Disney Company. The book itself could have used better editing — there were fragments that made me scratch my head, say huh, and then reread several times, as well as several typos. Then there was this question of logic when Kennedy was talking about Disney’s estate — he left half his estate to his wife, Lillian, and the other half in trusts for his wife and two daughters, and left the rest to his nieces and assorted organizations, etc. I don’t get the whole “new math” but to me half plus half equals whole — nothing left. Also, I had no idea Walt produced the 1960 Olympic opening & closing ceremonies — timely, considering when I read the book — but the book only mentions California. I had to look up the actual location — Squaw Valley. It also mentioned that Walt created an exhibit for the American National Exhibit at the Moscow Fair of 1959 but never mentioned the 1964 New York World’s Fair, in which Disney created four exhibits, three of which are still running in his parks (Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Carousel of Progress and, of course, It’s a Small World).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Miller

    Loved it! Easy to read and learned a lot. Even suggested his books to the professional organization of women I belong to after I finished t

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kadenh

    It was a very good book i loved how it talks about all of Walt Disney's life. It talks about how he had all of his struggled trying to get to where he needed to be to be successful. It talks about all of the tragedy's in his life and all of the people that didn't believe in him. Also how his dad would be super hard on him and make him work a lot in his childhood. I like how Walt had a really bad childhood and how needed money all the time but then he became an owner of a amusement park and he ha It was a very good book i loved how it talks about all of Walt Disney's life. It talks about how he had all of his struggled trying to get to where he needed to be to be successful. It talks about all of the tragedy's in his life and all of the people that didn't believe in him. Also how his dad would be super hard on him and make him work a lot in his childhood. I like how Walt had a really bad childhood and how needed money all the time but then he became an owner of a amusement park and he had created many different successful movies in his life time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    J Layne

    Fascinating story of a fascinating man. Too bad his company has lost its moorings of family friendly entertainment.

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