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Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon (Bruce Lee Library) Hardcover – 15 Aug 2014

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (15 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804844070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804844079
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 2.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,329,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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."..nearly every page is a gorgeous photo of Bruce Lee in all his glory. [...] If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this book is worth millions of words."--TheFightNerd.com

..".nearly every page is a gorgeous photo of Bruce Lee in all his glory. [...] If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this book is worth millions of words."--TheFightNerd.com

"Packed with tales about his youth in Hong Kong, his acting career in America, and his philosophies on fighting." "Maxim""

"[An] expansive collection of photos, from his Hong Kong childhood to fatherhood with son Brandon." "Men's Fitness""

"Childhood snapshots, behind-the-scenes Hollywood images, and rare candid photos combine to form a scrapbook of Bruce's whole life." "Inside Kung Fu""

"One look at this book and you won't be able to put it down brilliantly assembled photographic essay." "Martial Arts & Combat Sports""

" nearly every page is a gorgeous photo of Bruce Lee in all his glory. [ ] If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this book is worth millions of words." "TheFightNerd.com" blog"

"Little's volume provides readers with a glossy collection of pictures that would make a nice addition to any martial artists' coffee table. [ ]a sumptuous visual companion " "Chinese Martial Studies" blog"

Book Description

The celebrated life of bruce Lee in his own words, illustrated with rare family photographs and stills from his movies and television appearances

in the pages of bruce Lee: The Celebrated life of the Golden Dragon, we invite you to examine the real bruce Lee, the man behind the image—the man who was so much more than an international film and martial arts superstar. in a brilliantly assembled photographic essay compiled and edited by John little, this history of the life and career of bruce Lee covers bruce from childhood to international stardom, from the charismatic public persona to the quiet family man. With a preface by Shannon Lee and a foreword by linda Lee Cadwell, the text is drawn directly from bruce Lee's own words, as recorded in his diaries and journals, as well as from interviews and the documentary bruce Lee: in His Own Words

This bruce Lee book is part of Tuttle Publishing's bruce Lee library which also features:

  • bruce Lee's Striking Thoughts
  • bruce Lee's The Tao of Gung Fu
  • bruce Lee Artist of life
  • bruce Lee: Letters of the Dragon
  • bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human body
  • bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do

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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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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.
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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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A truly beautiful book, heavy too, filled with loads of pictures, many I'd never seen before, one reproduced on the back cover
was a very touching picture of Bruce and a very young Brandon laying side by side "soaking up the rays", alas both lie together in death,
truly moving. Any Bruce Lee fan will eat this up, useful also for the Bruce Lee timeline. Top Marks.
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