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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 1998
This book is a breath of fresh air if you've read some portrayals of Walt Disney and the controversies around his life. I realize that Bob Thomas's book on Walt (An American Original) is a bit rosey, but this volume on Roy seems a bit more objective (or less propaganda-ish). It gives you many quotes from current and former employees and does succeed in giving the reader a bit more perspective on Roy and his contributions to a great American institution. For the casual Disney fan, there is plenty of important Disney family and company background, and the book moves at a quick-enough pace despite the many facts to absorb. I recommend this book to all those interested in Disney history or trivia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 1998
I highly recommend this book to Disney fans. They will get an understanding the role Roy Disney played in the building of the company. I think everybody else will find this book a bore.
After reading this book I now realize how co-dependent Roy and Walt were on each other. As mentioned in the book, if they had not gone into business together, there was a good chance that Walt would have ended up working for Walter Lantz and Roy would have been the Manager of the Bank of America branch in Glendale.
It was a simple partnership, Walt had the ideas and Roy got the money to make them into reality. I think only two brothers that trusted each other completely could have pulled this off.
I would have liked to have more details on exactly how Roy got the money, especially before Disneyland opened. During the construction of Disneyland, Joe Fowler needed $400,000 to setup the mill in what is now the Opera House. When he asked Roy for the money, Roy said he simply did not have it. The next day he did and the work progressed. This was a very good story about a key turning point in the history of Disneyland. Where did Roy get the money??
I now have a much greater respect for Roy Disney's contribution to the Walt Disney Company.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 1998
While this book is published by Disney, it isn't all perfume and flowers about either Walt, or his older brother, Roy. Roy was a tenacious and shrewd businessman committed to seeing his younger brother's brilliance to fruition. Walt is a creative genius with limited interpersonal skills but a great vision and gift as a storyteller. This work is an insightful look at how midwest work ethic and strong family values tied to Irish determination gave these two brilliant men the courage and guile to succeed in the cutthroat entertainment industry for five decades, including a depression, a world war, and an endless parade of naysayers.
Author Bob Thomas is a former AP journalist who interviewed the Disneys in his earlier years, and must have some personal sentiment regarding Roy and Walt to have thoroughly researched and written this book at 76. His polished style is that of a storyteller and he entertains with hundreds of anecdotes from key members of the Disney family an! ! d co-workers of all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 1998
It was essential that this book be written. Bob Thomas has done a masterful job of telling the story of Walt Disney's older brother, Roy O. Disney. The life and work of this man has gone under-reported and under-appreciated for too many years. The book is filled both with wonderful stories of the early years for the Disney family, and of the struggle and hard work involved in establishing one of the most influential American companies of the 20th Century. Roy's story is told through the first hand accounts of both his family and co-workers. An absolutely fascinating read. Don't be surprised to see a television mini-series grow out of this one!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 1998
From firsthand experience, I know the tremendous accomplishment Bob Thomas has achieved in his fine documentary on Roy Disney. Roy was a genteel fellow who was highly regarded by colleagues and the financial community. He spoke the language of high finance and was the alchemist who enabled Walt to turn his dreams into gold. Thomas, a veteran scribe whose fine eye for detail is enhanced by his turn-of-phrase ability, has accurately reported Roy's contributions to the Disney Empire. This long-overdue tome is a must for any Disneyphile who is in search of "the rest of the story," or any student of American free enterprise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 1998
This well written and inciteful book that gives you a detailed view of the other Disney genius. While Walt's mind was full of creative energy, and he ran around creating magic, Roy had to pay for all the magic. This book gives is a detailed look at the man, and his complete understanding of big business. The accompishments of Roy are stagering when you understand the backround and eduacation. A real don't miss for any Disney fan who doesn't want the same old story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 1998
A good read if somewhat sanitized but there was was a joke with the "f" word which would have been unheard of 20 years ago. Roy knew Walts special gift but without their partnership Roy might "have been a bank manager and Walt would have worked for Walter Lanz(sp)."
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on 2 March 2011
Walt Disney might have been the creator of the mouse, and the one with the visions. But his brother Roy was the driving force that got it all
financed and up and running. This in dept book gives a very interesting behind the scenes look at how Roy O Disney made it all happen.
And rarely took credit for much, he let Walt's name be the front.
This book is a find for the Disney connoisseur, as well as for the less fanatic. Bob Thomas has an easy pen to read, and present it all
very nicely and even throw in a few pictures of the early years.
I recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more, or for those that travel to the different Disneyland's or Walt Disney's World in Orlando.
And maybe want a little more information upon why it all is where they are, and how it came about.
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on 22 April 2013
The book is a good analysis of the History of Disney. If you like the History of Companys you may like it.
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