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Walt Disney, the man, his history & biography

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The list author says: "This list represents the life and times of Walt Disney the man.

It includes some important biographical books, behind the scenes stories, books about what it was in his background, hobbies and interests that lead him to build Disneyland. There are books on his substantial contributions to film, TV and animation.

I highly recommend the items on this list for any person interested in the history of the one and only Walt Disney.If my list helps you or entertains you, you can vote for it at the upper right of this page."
Walt Disney: An American Original (Disney Editions Deluxe)
Walt Disney: An American Original (Disney Editions Deluxe)
"The absolute best biography of Walt Disney."
Building a Company: Roy O. Disney and the Creation of an Entertainment Empires
Building a Company: Roy O. Disney and the Creation of an Entertainment Empires
"If you want the complete picture of the history of Walt Disney, you have to also see it through the eyes of his partner and brother Roy Disney. Actually this book has more on Walt than most bios devoted to Walt, and you cannot tell the Walt story without Roy."
Walt - The Man Behind the Myth
Walt - The Man Behind the Myth
"Fascinating DVD (also on VHS) on the life story of "Uncle Walt"."
Remembering Walt: Favorite Memories of Walt Disney
Remembering Walt: Favorite Memories of Walt Disney
"A really nice compilation of other peoples personal experiences  with Walt Disney."
Quotable Walt Disney (Disney Editions Deluxe)
Quotable Walt Disney (Disney Editions Deluxe)
"A terrific little book, with Walt's comments or quotes on just about every subject."
Walt: Backstage Adventures With Walt Disney
Walt: Backstage Adventures With Walt Disney
"A hard to find book by Walt's publicist, who shares interesting behind the scenes info you will not find in other books."
Donald Duck Joins Up: Disney Studio During World War II (Studies in cinema)
Donald Duck Joins Up: Disney Studio During World War II (Studies in cinema)
"Walt oversaw the Disney studio's contributions to the War effort, including training films, and morale boosters."
Disney: The First 100 Years
Disney: The First 100 Years
"By the official Disney company historian, Dave Smith."
The Musical World of Walt Disney
The Musical World of Walt Disney
"Walt started every project with the selection of music, very important to the story in his eyes. At times the Sherman brothers wrote music that preceded the script and songs were written to tell the story, or shortcut the story."
Walt's Time - From Before to Beyond
Walt's Time - From Before to Beyond
"And here they are, the Sherman Brothers, Walt's favorite studio composers. Wonderful photos, and really touching stories from these men who spent considerable time with Walt. Huge coffee table book."
Before the Animation Begins: The Art and Lives of Disney Inspirational Sketch Artists
Before the Animation Begins: The Art and Lives of Disney Inspirational Sketch Artists
"Walt started the company with animation. The beautiful pre-production concept and inspirational sketches and paintings requested by Walt that in turn were used to inspire the animators."
The Disney That Never Was: The Stories and Art of Five Decades of Unproduced Animation
The Disney That Never Was: The Stories and Art of Five Decades of Unproduced Animation
"As prolific as the Walt Disney studio was under Walt, he had many more ideas than they were able to film, and choices had to be made. Here are representation and inspiration art from the projects that were uncompleted works."
Walt Disney's Nine Old Men and the Art of Animation
Walt Disney's Nine Old Men and the Art of Animation
"Walt's premier group of animators, nicknamed the Nine Old Men after the Supreme Court. Some of these artists also became designers of Disneyland."
Walt Disney Treasures - Behind the Scenes at the Walt Disney Studio
Walt Disney Treasures - Behind the Scenes at the Walt Disney Studio
"Walt Disney studio footage of animators and Walt at work on DVD. READ REVIEWS!"
Walt's People Volume 1: Talking Disney With The Artists Who Knew Him
Walt's People Volume 1: Talking Disney With The Artists Who Knew Him
"Interviews with animators."
The Disney Live-Action Productions
The Disney Live-Action Productions
"Walt moved from Animation to live action movies, producing a wealth of live action films that continue to entertain today. He was responsible for entire generations having quality family movies to enjoy. This is a great reference book on the behind the scenes filming the great theatrical live action movies"
The Wonderful World of Disney Television: A Complete History
The Wonderful World of Disney Television: A Complete History
"Then Walt discovered television and was one of the first studio heads to embrace rather than oppose the future it held. This is the best reference book on all Walt Disney studio television shows and series for television, huge book that has it all. Good reviews on this book, and I agree."
Disneyland: Inside Story
Disneyland: Inside Story
"Next, Walt Disney used television to finance his biggest dream yet, Disneyland. A lushly photographed history of Disneyland, you can't research Walt without including his biggest and riskiest dream."
Disneyland the Nickel Tour: A Postcard Journey Through a Half Century of the Happiest Place on Earth
Disneyland the Nickel Tour: A Postcard Journey Through a Half Century of the Happiest Place on Earth
"Incredible book, if you can find it. Another great history of Disneyland book. My copy of this book is under lock and key."
Window on Main Street: 35 Years of Creating Happiness at Disneyland Park
Window on Main Street: 35 Years of Creating Happiness at Disneyland Park
"Walt dreamed of Disneyland employees that would be wholesome and upbeat in appearance, efficient and helpful so that a customer could feel like a guest and not a nuisance. Here is how they created the workforce and trained the employees to the mindset of "Cast" and Guests"."
Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look At Making the Magic Real
Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look At Making the Magic Real
"Walt put together dream team of artists, craftsmen, and modelers that he assigned to help secretly design the Disneyland park under an operation known as WED.  This is their history."
Disneyland the Beginning
Disneyland the Beginning
"Photo book on Opening Day at Disneyland. Part of a series of books by Thie, whose father was a photographer at the park."
Walt Disney's Railroad Story: The Small-Scale Fascination That Led to a Full-Scale Kingdom
Walt Disney's Railroad Story: The Small-Scale Fascination That Led to a Full-Scale Kingdom
"Walt's dream for Disneyland started with a steam powered model railroad in his backyard. The story of how his hobby led him to create the modern theme park experience."
Walt Disney: His Life in Pictures
Walt Disney: His Life in Pictures
"New picture book by Walt's daughter."
South of the Border with Disney: Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program, 1941-1948
South of the Border with Disney: Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program, 1941-1948
"Walt's trip to South America during WWII gave him new ideas and a new market for his products, since Europe was cut off."
Music of Disney:a Legacy in Song
Music of Disney:a Legacy in Song
"A big box set of 3 CD's of music selected from Walt Disney film and Disneyland, but more important is the big full length book inside on Walt's influence on the music and his studio composers. There are some nice rare photos here I have not seen in other books."
Treasures of Disney Animation Art
Treasures of Disney Animation Art
"One of the most important, and certainly the biggest, animation art book on Walt Disney studio animated classics ever produced. Full size pictures of concept art, background paintings, animation cleanups, finished cells, and much more. 500 photos in chronological order, in oversized 15" x 12' book, weighs 6 pounds.  Make sure you get the 1982 version, not the 1992 reprint, there is a difference."
Walt Disney and the Circus Persistence of Vision: An Unofficial Historical Journal Celebrating the Legacy of Walt Disney Issue #10
Walt Disney and the Circus Persistence of Vision: An Unofficial Historical Journal Celebrating the Legacy of Walt Disney Issue #10
"Publication on the legacy of the creativity of Walt Disney. If you are interested in rare stories and behind the scenes info on the theme parks, film and music - you need to read this and the other issues. No longer in print, rare."
Storyboard: the Disneyana Magazine Vol. 2, No. 5, Sep/oct. 1989
Storyboard: the Disneyana Magazine Vol. 2, No. 5, Sep/oct. 1989
"Another great behind the scenes publication with info on Walt, also out of print now. Search for other issues too."
The "E" Ticket No. 40
The "E" Ticket No. 40
"Another special publication, great stories on Walt as driving creative force behind Disneyland, now gone."
Walt Disneys World Of Fantasy
Walt Disneys World Of Fantasy
"Nice art book on all things Disney, great photos of Walt, history of animation, film and theme park."
The Man behind the Magic: The Story of Walt Disney
The Man behind the Magic: The Story of Walt Disney
"Nice biography of Mr. Walter Elias Disney."
The Davy Crockett Craze: A Look at the 1950's Phenomenon and Davy Crockett Collectibles
The Davy Crockett Craze: A Look at the 1950's Phenomenon and Davy Crockett Collectibles
"Walt was responsible for creating the Davy Crockett mania that swept the country in 1955-56."
Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life
Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life
"The rare 1981 first edition of the "animators bible"."
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