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Disney During World War II: How the Walt Disney Studio Contributed to Victory in the War (Disney Editions Deluxe) Hardcover – November 11, 2014


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Product Details

  • Series: Disney Editions Deluxe
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (November 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423180275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423180272
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Baxter is a freelance writer and editor with more than twenty years of publishing experience, most recently as a featured comedy writer for the Huffington Post. He has authored two novels and scores of essays and articles for both print and online publications. He lives with his wife and daughter in New York City.

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My love for Disney was enriched by this book.
Gerry Pasquetti
The book has a great looking cover and is thoroughly recommended for a nice reading on the subject.
Rudnei D. da Cunha
This story is told in an excellent read that is well illustrated, as would be expected.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By EH Reader on November 12, 2014
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This gorgeously illustrated and eye-opening book reveals the little-known role that the Disney Studios played in the Allied victory in World War II. Almost every single page in the book contains a fascinating photo illustrating Disney's war effort: from a poster about propaganda featuring Donald Duck, to fascinating storyboards for the controversial film, "The New Spirit", to a film short about Hitler directed by a Goofy specialist, to vivid poster art for anti-Nazi short "Chicken Little 1942". Also included is art from short films made to entertain the soldiers, such as "The Army Mascot of 1942", which featured Pluto (there's a great picture of Pluto feeling the effects of swallowing a wad of army tobacco). With fabulous titles such as "Sky Trooper", "Donald's Tire Trouble", and "Private Pluto", the material about these movies offers a fascinating peek into the psychology of the war effort. Baxter includes an amazing chapter on Disney's collaboration with Roald Dahl (the genius author behind Willy Wonka, and other children's classics). Written with a masterful grasp of his subject, this is a wonderful book for any Disney fan, as well as history and World War II buffs.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mike Fontanelli on November 11, 2014
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Don't be misled by the cover, this is not primarily about graphics. It's really more of a history book. Informative it may be, but it's hardly "gorgeously illustrated." The emphasis instead is on written copy, with reproduced artwork relegated to the backseat. If that's your cup of tea, fine - you came to the right place. Stick with DISNEY DONS DOGTAGS if you're looking for a more thorough visual representation of vintage WWII-era cartoon art from the Disney Studio.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Walch on December 2, 2014
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This is just the book someone interested in the Second World War would be interested in. Naturally Disney Studios assisted in the war effort in various ways and this book chronicles all of that. Although there are some excellent illustrations don't expect as many (not page after page) as you'll find in other books that look at the Disney output and history of film making. That's not to say this isn't worth reading because it is. I loved the section on "Military Insignia".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lorie P. on November 14, 2014
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What a wonderful book - full of beautiful images and great detail about a period that's not so well-known. Gifting it to Disney fans this Christmas!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jim m on December 11, 2014
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A book long overdue.....very interesting period of time in studio history, seldom covered in other Disney publications.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rudnei D. da Cunha on December 29, 2014
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It is a nice book, full of interesting stories about the way the Walt Disney Studios did help with raising morale of the US military and civilians in World War II. I have bought this book expecting to find some information on military unit badges that were designed at the Studios: there is a chapter devoted to it but alas there was no coverage about the use of the Walt Disney character "Joe Carioca" in Brazil, which was adopted by at least two Brazilian AF units in wartime and another post-war, derived from that character. The book has a great looking cover and is thoroughly recommended for a nice reading on the subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kl on January 5, 2015
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son was surprised with this gift. He loves history and Disney. nice coffee table sized book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen S. Wilson on January 7, 2015
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This book was given as a gift to a student in college and was very well received and enjoyed.
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