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Good Walt/ wdw biography

eliza61nyc

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So I have some kindle credits and I'm always hearing about Walt's original "intentions" for the park especially Epcot. So I figured I'd pick up a good book on the subject. Can anyone recommend a good Walt disney biography or WdW history book to read.

gotta get it on Amazon to use the credits.

TIA
 

Magenta Panther

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So I have some kindle credits and I'm always hearing about Walt's original "intentions" for the park especially Epcot. So I figured I'd pick up a good book on the subject. Can anyone recommend a good Walt disney biography or WdW history book to read.

gotta get it on Amazon to use the credits.

TIA
The best and most accurate biography of Walt Disney, hands down, is Bob Thomas' Walt Disney: An American Original. Thomas actually met and interviewed Walt himself several times, consulted with people who knew and/or worked for him, and got full access to materials in the Disney company to do accurate research. Plus it's a great read. It is no doubt available on Amazon. Enjoy!
 

the.dreamfinder

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The best and most accurate biography of Walt Disney, hands down, is Bob Thomas' Walt Disney: An American Original. Thomas actually met and interviewed Walt himself several times, consulted with people who knew and/or worked for him, and got full access to materials in the Disney company to do accurate research. Plus it's a great read. It is no doubt available on Amazon. Enjoy!
Seconded. Also, if you want to read a biography that just focuses on his animated films, Michael Barrier’s “Walt Disney: An Animated Man” is a great choice.
 

danheaton

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If you're looking at Epcot and Walt's original intentions, I'd also recommend Sam Gennawey's book Walt and the Promise of Progress City. It's quite a thorough look about what may have been for EPCOT the city.
 

BasiltheBatLord

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I've only read Neal Gabler's biography Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination but I highly enjoyed it, one of the best non-fiction books I've ever read actually. I know some have issues with it though and it has been accused of being inaccurate in places.
 

embracejg

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The best and most accurate biography of Walt Disney, hands down, is Bob Thomas' Walt Disney: An American Original. Thomas actually met and interviewed Walt himself several times, consulted with people who knew and/or worked for him, and got full access to materials in the Disney company to do accurate research. Plus it's a great read. It is no doubt available on Amazon. Enjoy!
As somehow who was only read (and thoroughly enjoyed) the Gabler Walt bio, why is the Thomas one better?

My concern with any "official" biography is that it's going to paint an overly sunny picture of the man rather than reality. I very much appreciated how the Gabler bio addressed and debunked the aspects of Walt folklore that Disney promotes as real and I don't want something that glosses over his many flaws. Really, no one should.
 

JusticeDisney

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I've only read Neal Gabler's biography Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination but I highly enjoyed it, one of the best non-fiction books I've ever read actually. I know some have issues with it though and it has been accused of being inaccurate in places.
Just out of curiosity, do you know what specifically has been accused of being inaccurate? Thanks!
 

Janir

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Well I just saw this thread and I decided to pick up both for my Kindle. Chances are that I'll be reading them on my vacation in Aug as I have some other non-fiction work related stuff to plow through first.
 
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Magenta Panther

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mharrington

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Two other books you may want to consider for WDW include "Realityland" by David Koenig, which is all about the history of WDW (with an emphasis on how Walt's proposed Community of Tomorrow became the theme park of today)...


...and, in terms of a Walt Disney biography, "The Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney and the American Way of Life" by Steven Watts:


I think that one in particular is a better book than Gabler's of the two, as it seems a little more nuanced. There are two whole subsections in this book about the Florida project, one on securing the land and the other on EPCOT in particular.
 

ajrwdwgirl

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For WDW and some Walt history Jim Korkis has his Vault of Walt series and the Secret Stories of WDW books. They are all good reads and have short sections on a variety of topics. He also came out with a making of WDW book, I have it but haven't gotten around to reading it yet.
 

embracejg

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I'm still hoping someone clears up how the Gabler book is supposedly inaccurate.

And no, I don't consider Diane Disney Miller's complaints to be proof of anything. Her interest would have been in making sure her father was never portrayed negatively, which is not the same as him being portrayed truthfully.
 
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