- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Scarborough House (October 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812885147
- ISBN-13: 978-0812885149
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Disney's World: A Biography Paperback – October 1, 1990
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If you like books that bash famous people just for the sake of doing it, you may enjoy this. But for historic accuracy I prefer to read a bio that is neither sugar-coated or harsh. The Bob Thomas biography is considered by many to be the most accurate and complete available, and he also wrote a bio of Roy Disney (Walt's business partner and brother. In Thomas's case he carefully documents and quotes all of his sources, Then he confirms that person's version with others and quotes them as well. Some animators and studio employees have their own bio books that include some of their personal interactions with Walt Disney, like Shamus Culhane, Charles Show, Bill Peet, Ub Iwerks, or Harry Tytle. They have personal interactions to share including some negative ones and their stories match. I can recommend a book about his personal philosophies he used in life in his own words, "Quotable Walt Disney", tracks over 30 years of his comments on just about everything. You can tell a lot about a person with their own words. Walt Disney's family has always maintained he was a loving husband, and father. In summary, this book should be classified as fiction, and not a biography.
I have no problem with this "unofficial" biography, one which portrays a less-than-stellar account of Disney's attitudes, while giving full credit for his creative achievements, but I tend to question Mosley's tendency to parphrase conversations and qoute them as verbatim. More explicit citings of his sources (who told him what stories) would lend more credence to Mosley's "story-telling" narrative.
I would describe Mosley's biography as "more realistic" than Thomas's, but I would say that Bob Thomas's was more inspiring to read. Mosley doesn't hesitate to describe Walt as an ill-tempered ringleader who suffered from emotional instability in his early adulthood, whereas Bob Thomas's portrays such behavior in a more favorable light and seems to grant that it is the stuff of genius. One very clear example: Mosley describes Walt's suicide attempt at 31 where Lillian Disney found her husband out cold with sleeping pills and booze, called a doctor, and had Walt's stomach pumped. In Bob Thomas's book, there is no mention of this incident whatsoever.
Both books describe Disney as an inspiration to the people around him, but I think Mosley's goes more in-depth into Walt's character and describes more thoroughly some of the difficulties associated with working with him. What Mosley describes as "overbearing," Thomas would call "entrepreneurial." What Mosley would call "unstable," Bob Thomas would call "emotionally invigorating." The point is: the subject is the same; it's the perception of the subject that's different in the two biographies.
I think both do a great service to the world in representing quite possibly the most influential voice in 20th century entertainment.Read more ›
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I remember.seeing this book in its original hardcover when I worked at a book store.chain and I missed.getting.it.then. I even like the cover art.better.than the.original.Published 12 months ago by John Wayne Peel
Moseley's take on Walt Disney for the most part is good. Much of what is written can be found in other works, most notably Bob Thomas' biography. Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by Fuller Royal
Thank you for your prompt service and a beautiful book! My book was everything I expected and more. I look forward to reading enjoyment from it.Published on August 31, 2011 by Raquel
It always amazes me how rabidly people will guard their heroes, to the point where they'll believe the person actually walked on water. Read morePublished on October 11, 2009 by Cosmic-Surf
No one with long and happy memories of a legend wants to have them too woefully disturbed, and Leonard Mosley has not set out to upset or destroy the image so many people cherish... Read morePublished on June 6, 2009 by topbook
I found "Disney's World: A Biography" very informative. New little known facts that I did not know. Leonard Mosley humanized Walt Disney, which isn't bad. Read morePublished on January 16, 2006 by Dennis D. Coury
Walt Disney's name has become a household word. Wholesome entertainment and DisneyLand and Disney World come to mind. This book is a well rounded look at the man. Read morePublished on October 12, 2002 by M
I liked getting a glimpse of the man behind the "imperium of Mickey Mouse". Although I would have liked it to be more personal it's full of informations about Walt, the... Read morePublished on July 30, 2002 by Petra Waser