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I Am Spock [Hardcover]

Leonard Nimoy
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Oct 1995
Nimoy tells his own story. As the coldly logical Mister Spock in "Star Trek" - first a TV series, later a series of feature films - he created a character who is one of the 20th century's most recognizable cultural icons. He is now also a respected film director in his own right.
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  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books; First Edition First Printing edition (Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786861827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786861828
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,155,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By quinny
If I mention the name Leonard Nimoy the first thing to probably pass through your mind is the inimitable Mr Spock, the archetypal Vulcan, science officer and close friend of Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise. After reading this book, you realise that Nimoy is more than the eponymous Spock, but a highly trained and experienced actor with a unique insight into the background workings of the Star Trek franchise.

This book is an apology to his previous work "I am not Spock", which was a reaction to the automatic association he had with the Vulcan. Twenty years later, a little wiser and more compassionate to his Star Trek fans, Nimoy has come to embrace his alter-ego as a construction of his own internal landscape and Star Trek's scriptwriters.

His book describes the relationships he had with his co-stars, Gene Roddenberry, the movie directors, the Star Trek community and throws light on the mechanics and negotiations that precede the making of a Star Trek movie. Surprisingly, there's also a lot about his stage appearances and his pre-StarTrek movie career.

More than a book about Spock, his incarnation and personality, it's a book about an actor's craft and dedication and the twists and turns of a successful movie career. Nimoy describes his shift in gear from being in front of the camera to being behind one, as director, with all the difficulties and management it entails.

I Am Spock has given me a new appreciation for an internationally recognised actor, but also a family-man, and a person of depth, wisdom and compassion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely love it!!! 13 Sep 2013
By Lajda
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This may be the best biography I've ever read!! I'm huge trekkie and I loved mr. Nimoy's portraial of Spock before, but reading this and seeing how much of himself he put in him and the little backstage details spiced with his marvelous sence of humor just gave me a whole new perspective. The stories of mr. Shatner's pranks and the banter with Spock that he has just made me laugh so hard. I love this book and everybody should read it IMO.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 25 Feb 2012
It's a fantastic book, and there are a lot of amusing tales of life on the ST set in there, as well as a lot of other wonderful things. Nimoy writes in a really pleasant style, so it's easy to read and enjoyable too.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Obviously I am a Star Trek fan hence my purchase. This is a FACINATING read from start to finish. Nimoy is a talented actor and director and now he can add author to his list of talents. The insights into the hardships created by Paramount and the studios in the first season of Star Trek are revealing.

It is most refreshing to be told in this book that the idea for the current Star Trek movie was in fact conceived many years ago and was rejected by the studio. It will be interesting to see if Paramount create an entire new series from the success of the last movie.
I haven't read "I Am Not Spock" but this book I believe has a lot of its content with the explanation of the title choice 20 years before.

If you are a true Trekkie this is a LOGICAL purchase for you. Brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 15 Sep 2014
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This book was much longer than the last (I am not Spock) but that just meant it was more fun to read! It contained a few extracts from the last book, especially in the first few chapters but I assume that that is in part because of its autobiographical nature. It's exceedingly difficult to describe two youths when you've only had one!

Nimoy is as good a writer as he is an actor. "I am Spock" is witty and funny and simply an adventure to read. Do be warned though- this book contains numerous spoilers from the Star Trek films.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves the actor and especially his work in Star Trek! In fact, I'm buying it as a gift for a friend as we speak!
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