Walt Disney: A Biography

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - 155 pages

This insightful biography takes a balanced and thoughtful look at the creative and enigmatic man who has had a greater influence on American culture than almost any other individual: Walt Disney.


Walt Disney has been dissected, criticized, and lauded in numerous biographies, most of which try to penetrate the psychology of the man and his motives. Walt Disney: A Biography takes a cultural approach, looking at Disney as both a product of his culture and a cultural innovator who influenced entertainment, education, leisure, and even history.

Drawing on many original sources, Walt Disney provides an overview of this genius's remarkable life and family. At the same time, the book places Disney in the context of his times as a way of exploring the roots of and inspiration for his creativity. Because Walt Disney's creations and ideas still affect our movies, play activities, vacation choices, and even our dreams and imagination, his influence is as important today as it was when he was alive, and this thoroughly engaging book shows why.


  • Walt Disney's prolific life is summarized in a descriptive chronology that notes his most significant artistic, personal, and cultural milestones
  • An appendix explores the use of the name Walt Disney to denote excellence and innovation, but also mass culture and artificiality. Examples are documented with Internet addresses so readers can explore the phenomenon for themselves
  • Original-source research assures the accuracy of quotations and descriptions of Disney's productions

 

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vvv One reviewer doesn't know that "20th century" refers to the 1900s, lol. vvv

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you should check where and how you put the sentences in, cause you went back in time when you said he was born in the 20th century, which is 33 years ahead of when he died, so did he come back to life? please fix this problem

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Contents

A Biography Chapter 1 Coming from the Heartland
1
A Biography Chapter 2 Diz The Early Years
9
A Biography Chapter 3 The Illusion of Life
17
A Biography Chapter 4 1923
27
A Biography Chapter 5 Building a Better MouseTrap
41
A Biography Chapter 6 The Great Depression or Walts Folly?
59
A Biography Chapter 7 The End of an Era
73
A Biography Chapter 8 World War II Propaganda
87
A Biography Chapter 9 HUAC
99
A Biography Chapter 10 Trains
111
A Biography Chapter 11 The Magic Kingdom
123
A Biography Appendix The Walt Disney of
139
A Biography Further Reading
145
A Biography Index
147
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Louise Krasniewicz, PhD, is an anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

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