- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Blue Snake Books (November 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1883319250
- ISBN-13: 978-1883319250
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit Paperback – November 1, 1994
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"Bruce Lee was a star in America but an icon in much of the rest of the world. Since the U.S. is the big enchilada in pop culture, Lee worked for years to become recognized here and to spread appreciation of the martial arts in a society that had a jaundiced, even bigoted view of those ancient disciplines. Thomas makes it abundantly clear that Lee was both an astonishing athlete and an engaging actor. Devotees of his movies and two TV shows, The Green Hornet and Longstreet, know that, of course. Thomas notes that Lee, as the Green Hornet's sidekick, Kato, gave American audiences their first look at authentic martial arts. The current popularity of martial arts in the U.S. flows from Lee's own, and the martial arts movies that continue to appear in the wake of Lee's Dragon series constitute an identifiable movie subgenre. A major force in popular entertainment, Lee deserves the place in the pop culture library that Thomas ably helps him fill."
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Bruce Lee was an innovative martial artist, not only in the training hall but on film. He played Kato to the Green Hornet on the 1967-8 Twentieth Century Fox Television series of that name. He was the star of The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Game of Death, and Enter the Dragon. He also studied for a philosophy doctorate at the University of Washington and won the Hong Kong cha-cha championship as a teenager in 1958. A multifaceted charismatic figure who would stand out in a crowd of hundreds, he was also a family man who valued his privacy. From Hong Kong to California, the author has spoken with those who knew Bruce Lee well, and he brings to light much new information. We follow Bruce through his rowdy childhood, his early martial arts training, his journey to America to claim U.S. citizenship, his romances, fights, and meteoric course through Hollywood and the Hong Kong film industry. The book closes with a sweeping presentation of Bruce Lee's philosophy, followed by a comprehensive Bruce Lee source list for both film and print media.
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(the godfather of martial art movies)
is that we are all human, and as such we are all flawed.
Personally I was for a long time reluctant to read a bio of Bruce Lee, he was the reason I got into the martial arts,
(I know I'm one if millions!) so he was an idol.
And friends told me it's hard to find an objective narrative of the man and the myth. Most are either a tribute or a slur, and neither is helpfull when you want to get to know the man behind the myth.
This book was one of the few that was told to do just that.
It was still with trepidation I started reading it.
I must say it wasn't as bad as I feared, but you do get to know about the mans flaws, but also about his good traits, his motivations, his background, and so on..
It was a good bio, but I still feel somewhat melancholy finish it.
Such genius, such ability, such promise,
gone to soon and so unnecessarily ..