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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Insight Into The Real Bruce Lee!, 21 Feb 2004
I have read loads of Bruce Lee biographies and they all go on about what a great martial artist he was, and how he created a new genre of film, but not of them really mention the 'real' Bruce Lee. That is where this book is a mile away from any others and is far superior to them.
This incredible book is in fact based on a Warner Bros documentary which was used as the premium for their re-release of Bruce Lee's greatest film, 'Enter The Dragon' in 1998. The documentary was called 'Bruce Lee In His Own Words', and this book is just that. It's almost like an autobiography because all the text is taken from loads of interviews with Bruce Lee himself, his films, and from his diaries and letters. Some of the comments are purely philosofical and it takes a bit of thinking to understand them, while some of them are just him speaking about his childhood and life etc.
The book is split into four sections; The Early Years, Hollywood, Hong Kong, and Family, as well as a Preface written by Bruce's daughter, Shannon Lee Keasler, a Foreword written by Bruce's wife Linda Lee Cadwell, an Introduction written by John Little, and finally an Epilogue, written by Brian Jamieson.
I have to say that probably the most touching part of this book is both the Preface and the Foreword, by Bruce's closest family, which describes their deep feelings towards Bruce, and how when they saw the documentary, 'Bruce Lee In His Own Words', "it was like Bruce was in the room with me again".
Not only has this book got some great text, all taken from things Bruce Lee said through his life, but the other brilliant thing is the photographs, taken from Bruce's films (behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera) and generally from his life. Amongst these are some never-before published family photos, and some rare childhood pictures in Hong Kong. All the pictures are of supurb clean crisp quality, even the slightly older black and white ones.
The editor of this book, and all the other books in the 'Bruce Lee Library' is John Little, who actually directed the documentary that this book is based on, and Bruce's wife, Linda Lee Cadwell, thanks him in the foreword for making such a good job of it all and for not trying to change or translate anything that Bruce has said.
Before reading this book, you can't really appreciate how talented this man really was. People just think that he was great martial artist and actor, but he is so much more. He is a philosopher, a teacher, a poet, winner of the Hong Kong Cha Cha Championships, a loving husband, a role model father, a great actor, director, producer and choriographer, and most of all, THE greatest martial artist that the world has ever seen, and in my opinion, ever will see.
As i have already said, this is THE best book on Bruce Lee both in terms of the text, and the fantastic range of pictures. For any Bruce Lee fan, i cannot emphsise enough that this is an absolute must-have and believe me, if you buy it, you will not be dissappointed in the least and if i could give this book a zillion stars i would. Buy it now!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring - a real eye opener!, 4 Aug 2001
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this book is one of the best things i have bought, because instead of being told 'how much of a legend bruce lee is', by someone who never knew him, you are brought into bruce lee's world, by the man himself. after reading this book i felt inspired, as bruce lee tells us in his own words his thoughts and theories on life, family and martial arts, with amazing images to accompany his fascinating world. before, i thought he was an actor. now, i know he was a poet, a psychologist, a philosopher, a martial artist,an actor, a director,a family man, an amazingly intelligent man, a true legend,in short words, an artist of life. instead of a commercialised image, this book gives you the real bruce lee.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 16 Mar 2001
This is a beautiful book, using an amazing amount of pictures accompanied by excerpts from Bruce Lee talking about his life and his art. Going through the book, you really feel as if you have been with Bruce during many occasions of his life. All the pictures are of very high quality, and its not like some other books where perhaps any old pictures are thrown in just so they can claim to have "the most pictures of Bruce Lee". Lee's words are tied in with the pictures beautifully, and you can imagine Bruce is actually sitting in front of you telling you about his life. Buy this book, you will not be dissapointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Lee, 21 Nov 2006
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I'm a huge Bruce Lee fan, and this book is one of the most complete works about the man himself. I only buy books about Bruce Lee that are either written by himself, his wife Linda, or Mr John Little. The reason for this is simply because these people are the experts about the person in question. John Little was the only person that had received access to Bruce's personal library from Linda. This book is based on the great documentary "Bruce Lee: In his own words" which you can find on the special edition of "Enter the Dragon(dvd)"

Where as other books focus only on one aspect about Bruce, this book try's to give you a complete picture about the Man,Husband,Father,Martial Artist,Actor, ect.

For a Bruce Lee fan, this book is a must.
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4.0 out of 5 stars John knows how to write a good book :), 20 Oct 2010
Really enjoyed this book and have read and re read it a few times.

It is nice to know the author as a passion for Bruce and really gets to grip and gives a inspiring insight to one of the martial art legends we will seldom ever get the chance to realise what true potential he would have become...

Awe inspiring :)
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