Walt Disney was one of the twentieth century's greatest artists, a man whose name remains synonymous with American childhood. His iconic creations - Snow White, Cinderella, Bambi, Disneyland, and, of course, Mickey Mouse - have become fixtures of our cultural landscape. Behind the Disney magic and charm, however, was a life of constant turmoil and conflict.
In this fast-paced, fascinating biography, Alexander Kennedy takes us from cradle to grave in the life of this troubled genius. Walt, an abused child, finds an escape from his sufferings in art, but his ability and ambition soon lead him toward life that even he could not have imagined, one of love and tragedy, success and betrayal, genius and disaster. As a studio head, Disney was forced to battle family and business partners, billionaires and unions, and communist plots of his own paranoid imaginings. But through all the highs and lows, he nonetheless continued to produce his masterpieces, forever redefining American animation.
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