2008: 1. Walt Disney: The Triumph of American Imagination

"He was frozen.  At least that was the rumor that emerged shortly after his death and quickly became legend: Walt Disney had been cryogenically preserved, hibernating like Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, to await the day when science could revive him and cure his disease."

Walt Disney: The Triumph of American Imagination, Neal Gabler

You have got to love a biography of Walt Disney that starts with the cryogenically frozen issue right up front.  Because that was totally what I was thinking when I started the book, and there it was, dealt with (p.s. he was not frozen).  Anyway, I do like to read a nice thick biography every once in a while, and like it even more if they're entertainment related, so I bought this one as part of my Christmas-related book binge.  And I was really rewarded! This book was great - better than most biographies, even.  Disney did so much, and was such an innovator, that instead of leaving the book feeling like you've learned every little thing on earth about a person that you could ever want to know, I was left wanting more.  If not more about Walt himself, more about Disney - from the cartoons, to the films, to the parks.  You might have varying ideas about Walt Disney and the Disneyfication of the America (and the book addresses the common cultural critiques of Disney in a thoughtful and non-dogmatic) but he was an undoubted genius.  The book was well written, credible, and all that, and even after 633 pages it made me want to learn more about the world of Disney  - what greater compliment can I give Gabler than that??

Recommended for:  People who are Disney fans (or haters), people who like reading about creative minds and the things they create.

Date/Place Completed: 1/5/08; D.C.

Categories: Non-Fiction

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