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This book is really well done with a lot of detail and thoughtfulness. It's amazing how the author can take you back in time to specific places, instances, and conversations.
It's clears a lot of mess from what may have been told as fact in previous stories, documentaries, and bad Hollywood bio-pics. Like his supposed invincibility or infallibility, and especially the background on his famed duel with Wong Jack Man.
Inside of a nicely paced journalistic style, we learn about the whole culture and environment that Bruce Lee emerged from, rather than more mystique and blanket praise of him as an individual atop a kind of mountain.
All in all, great storytelling and local (both California and US) history!
Mr. Russo's writing is excellent and his colossal amount of research has allowed him to paint the most truthful and engaging account of Bruce and the Bay area/Hawaiian martial arts scenes I've ever read. Having known several of the people immortalized in the unique photo plates during my youth, I can definitely attest to the accuracy of this work. Those interested in the truth about Bruce Lee will find this book a most enlightening and enjoyable read!
I was mesmerized by the chapter entitled three moves or less. One can feel the domination that Lee had over those who tried to go up against the
seemingly unattainable skill level that he brought to this art form.Few books read like you are watching a spellbinding movie. This one hits the mark.
In his short life Bruce Lee lived not one but several of the quintessential American stories. Striking Distance approaches it's enigmatic hero through his interactions with peers, heritage, and country at a key period in his life. Bruce gained prominence first as a cha-cha dancer, then as a pioneer in the Bay Area martial arts underground. In many ways this is not a biography, but the memoir of a scene as it responded to and was awakened by it's most legendary icon.
This formidable first work by Charles Russo is refreshingly readable. I strongly recommend it to those interested in martial arts, the 1960's, Chinese/Chinese American culture, modernism, Bruce Lee, and the heart of the true self.