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This insightful biography takes a balanced and thoughtful look at the creative and enigmatic man who has had a greater influence on American culture than almost any other individual: Walt Disney. * Walt Disney's prolific life is summarized in a descriptive chronology that notes his most significant artistic, personal, and cultural milestones * An appendix explores the use of the name "Walt Disney" to denote excellence and innovation, but also mass culture and artificiality. Examples are documented with Internet addresses so readers can explore the phenomenon for themselves * Original-source research assures the accuracy of quotations and descriptions of Disney's productions
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Walter Elias Disney lived for only 65 years. In that time, he introduced us to beloved icons like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, created a Magic Kingdom, and reintroduced fairy tales into the lives of America's children. Born at the beginning of the 20th century, Disney pointed American culture towards the 21st with his promotion of science, technology, and innovation.

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Louise Krasniewicz, PhD, is an anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

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