Hey, book people! Opinions wanted re: Walt bios

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Which biography of Walt Disney do you recommend?

  1. Bob Thomas's "An American Original"

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  2. Neal Gabler's "Triumph of the American Imagination"

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  3. Both are essential reading for Disney fans

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  4. You missed one (comment below with a recommendation)

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  5. Why read when you can go to the parks? :P

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  1. Addicted to Alice Pins

    Addicted to Alice Pins My name is Ann, and I'm here to enable you!

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    The thread title pretty much says it all, ha.

    Since my trip to Disneyland, I've been more interested in learning about Disney history, including the Man Behind the Mouse.

    I've just about finished Bob Thomas's biography. I'm wondering if, at some point, I should read Neal Gabler's bio. I've seen a lot of mixed opinions on it--some say it's balanced, other say it's not; some say Thomas toes the company line too much, others say Gabler kind of destroys Walt's character.

    As with all biographies of all human figures, the "truth" of a life probably lies somewhere in between two extremes (IF these bios actually represent extremes). But if anyone here has read both, please share your thoughts!
     
  2. chubs191

    chubs191 Beautiful Tomorrow Admirer

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    I am reading the Gabler bio and it's pretty neutral as far a viewpoint. He explores both perspectives, both the good and the bad. It's also quite pedantic at times. It takes me several hours to get through one chapter, but the good parts are really good and interesting. Think Charles Dickens at times and then Lewis Carrol at others.

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  3. starry_solo

    starry_solo Judge of the Dark Court Staff Member DPF Super Moderator

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    Read? For fun? LOL. I read non-fiction for fun.
     

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