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Disney Destinies: How Passion, Patience, and Determination Can Take Anyone Anywhere Paperback – October 16, 2014
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There were many typographical and/or grammatical errors. Strangely, some (like "mots" for "most") could have been fixed by spell-checking, yet others appeared to be the result of an incorrect spell-check ("...Walt after did..." which, from the context, should have read "...Walt often did..."). Another issue was that the author often used "Disney" to identify both the company and the person, sometimes in ways that made it difficult to know which he was referring to. For example, the section on Jack Lindquist says that "Disney contacted Jack" and it isn't clear which "Disney" this was (Jack's own book makes it clear it was not Walt). I have enjoyed reading many of the books published by Theme Park Press, but several of them have contained errors like these that could so easily be avoided by proofreading and editing.
Other errors were inexcusable for a book on Disney history. For example, the claim that Bob Gurr worked on Omnimover rides for the NY World's Fair is incorrect. In Bob's own book "Design for Fun", it is clear that Omnimover was developed after the World's Fair rides were completed. Another error is the comment that Ub Iwerks helped develop the multi-plane camera for the Disney Studios. Even this book stated that Ub was absent for most of the 1930's when the multi-plane camera was created. Yes, Ub worked on his own multi-plane camera, but it had no influence on Disney's version. There were several other errors of this type and I think that all of them could have been prevented if the author had done more background research, particularly from primary sources such as autobiographies and well-known books and magazines on Disney history.
2 specific things stand out for me. One, I think it shows that if you have desire, passion and a willingness to work, you have great potential. Secondly, I think this also shows that believing in someone and encouraging them along their way can have a great effect in that person's life.
I highly recommend this book and would purchase again from this author.