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Inside the Dream: The Personal Story of Walt Disney [Hardcover]

Diane Disney-Miller , Katherine Greene , Katherine Barrett , Richard Greene , Wendy Lefkon
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  • Hardcover: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (1 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786853506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786853502
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 28.5 x 32.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,041,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE IDEA FOR THIS BOOK emerged during the creation of a documentary about Walt Disney called The Man Behind the Myth. Read the first page
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This is a lovely book, and a gorgeous memento of a lovely man, brilliant films, and the happiest place on earth!

Don't let the price put you off, the book is very large(each page is bigger than A4)and packed full of lovely photo's as well as the story of Walt' life. Because it is produced by Disney it doesnt exactly criticise Walt at any point, but neither is it completley sugary sweet - it was very fair and balaced. And lets face it - if you are a massive fan like I am you don't want to read criticism of him, you just want to enjoy him and what he created for us.

Very enjoyable, and easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When you wish upon a star...... 8 April 2010
By Diana
Format:Hardcover
Even though the book serves primarily as a companion to the documentary film of the same title, it's a wonderful read. A gentle reflection with rich illustrations -- some seldom and never before seen photographs -- and a rich and handsome design.
Though some may find it less satisfying than a more critical analysis, this book is not a complete and detailed biography, but is a nice tribute to Walt Disney.

Disney is arguably the greatest influence on American popular culture and family entertainment in the past 100 years. Most admirable is the way the authors address some of the detractors who've criticized Walt Disney over the years for such things as anti-Semitism or racism. Albeit sentimental, the authors maintain fairly good objectivity. Walt Disney remains enigmatic even to those closest to him. Thankfully, the recollections by family and friends are edited into the layout without making the entire book seem like a posthumous testimonial dinner.
Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proof That Walt Disney Was The Original Dream Worker! 5 Oct 2001
By rhettwickham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Walt Disney is well on his way to becoming the most written about creative talent in American film.
This is the 100th anniversary of his birth and thankfully any examination of his life can still include careful interviews with people who knew him and worked with him. The book is less an in-depth biography and more like spending a long afternoon hearing how it was from those who knew him best and who can praise him at the same time they acknowledge his frailties. It's an earnest and heartfelt look at the heart and soul of the man, and the authors do their level best to take a frank and thoughtful approach while still being entertaining. Like everything else Disney, it's best to give in to the fact that you're about to be put under a spell. The sooner you give in, the more fun you'll have.
Though some may find it less satisfying than a more critical analysis, this reader is tired of deconstructing American icons and welcomes this lovely look at a historical figure whose impact went well beyond his filmmaking. Disney is arguably the greatest influence on American popular culture and family entertainment in the past 100 years. Most admirable is the way the authors address some of the detractors who've criticized Walt Disney over the years for such things as anti-Semitism or racism. Albeit sentimental, the authors maintain fairly good objectivity. Walt Disney remains enigmatic even to those closest to him. Thankfully, the recollections by family and friends are edited into the layout without making the entire book seem like a posthumous testimonial dinner.
Granted this Disney Editions publication doesn't come without its ulterior motives. With the kind of control Disney has always had over any thing profiling the company one doubts that a harsh light will ever shine on their founder in one of their own pubications. But dreams and dreamers always look better in a soft light, and who but a bitter DreamWorker would ever want to bother trying to detract from such happy success? (And if ever proof was needed that certain ex-studio head turned competitor NEVER was and NEVER WILL be the next Walt Disney, this delivers it!) Though you wish the current Disney brass would pay more attention to the underlying principals of what makes Disney 'Disney' that are spelled out in this book. Hey, we can dream, too, can't we?
Still, this deliciously illustrated oversized scrapbook-styled remembrance of Walt more than makes up for its obvious propaganda focused origins. Imagine(eer) that!
Even though the book serves primarily as a companion to the documentary film of the same title, it's a wonderful read. A gentle reflection with rich illustrations -- some seldom and never before seen photographs -- and a rich and handsome design. Endlessly entertaining. A lovely tribute worth adding to your library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars NIce story about a true genius 17 April 2002
By Nikola Raguz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is not a complete and detailed biography, but is a nice tribute to Walt Disney. It has a lot of photos, and the most interesting parts of the book are "personal side" sections.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney Fans Must Have 20 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a must have for the Disney fan. This book gives in depth detail into the man who created the "happiest place on earth", from the people who knew hime best. His family, friends, and employees. I have read many books on Disney, and this ranks in the top 2(along with Imaganineering). It tells the stories of his triumphs as well as his tragedies. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Dream 8 Mar 2009
By D. Russell - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent historical book. Gives alot of insight into Walt Disney the man and how he created the Disney product we know today. Wonderful pictures. Growing up near Disneyland I never really knew much of the background of the company. Now that I've been a cast member for many years, the history of the company has grown into a passion. This is a must have book to add to your Disney library.
3.0 out of 5 stars Coffee table book 13 Oct 2013
By TwoGirls - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a coffee table book, it is probably 12 x 12 with lots of pictures on every page. It is fun to run through but don't think you're getting any in-depth information about Walt. The information is basically recycled and abbreviated from other books with pictures added.
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