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    I found a book the other day in the health and self-help section of Barnes & Noble entitled, How to Be Like Walt by Pat Williams, and I started reading it today. I must say that, so far, I am very impressed with the first chapters that detail the early part of Walt Disney's life and career.

    I've read several other biographies of the man, and, more than any other, this book presents the most complete picture of the way in which The Walt Disney Company started. In reading it, I can't help but think that some of this story should be related to guests visiting Main Street, U.S.A. and the California park.

    In any case, based on the first part of the book, I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in learning from the life of Mr. Disney and applying those lessons to your own.

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    Thanks for the info!
    Good morning, son
    In twenty years from now
    Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
    And I can tell you 'bout today
    And how I picked you up and everything changed
    It was pain
    Sunny days and rain
    I knew you'd feel the same things...


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      Thanks, Pragmatic... that book will now be on my list.

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        I just finished reading this book, my GF sent it to me. I think it is interesting and very good reading.

        Jack

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          I absolutely love that book!! I truly think that aside from my antique Alice in Wonderland book and my Haunted Mansion book that is my all time favorite Disney book. I would also recommend it to anyone who claims to be a Disney fan!

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            Do they sell that book at Disneyland?

            Regards,

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              Anyone ever read "Walt Disney. The Dark Prince of Hollywood"? That was an interesting book too. It wasn't all negative stuff, but it wasn't all sugar coated either.
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                Originally posted by ExJungleSkipper95
                Anyone ever read "Walt Disney. The Dark Prince of Hollywood"? That was an interesting book too. It wasn't all negative stuff, but it wasn't all sugar coated either.
                Yes. My school had that book- I hated it.

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                  I read How To Be Like Walt last year. I enjoyed it but found the little "lessons" at the end of the chapters a bit weird. There was also a bit too much religion in there for me. The best book I have read about Walt is the one by Bob Thomas called Walt Disney: An American Original.


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                    Religion? Does the book go into masons at all, or Walt's part in that secret society?

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                      I've read that book too. It's definitely a great book. I prefer it over the Bob Thomas biography, for sure. I'd say it was the best book on Walt's life I've read, and can really inspire and motivate you after you've read it. Walt fans should not miss it!

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                        How to Be Like Walt is actually part of a "How to Be Like..." series that does deal with religion in a roundabout way.

                        One of the other books in the series is How to Be Like Jesus.

                        I still haven't finished the book, yet, but I'll share some parts of the story soon. The reason that I posted this recommendation to the Disneyland forum is because I think the book would make an excellent guide for Imagineers to re-imagine Main Street, U.S.A. and Disney's California Adventure. The book answers so many questions and explains those early days. The reader gets a picture of a complex human being, instead of the figurehead to which Mr. Disney is sometimes reduced.

                        It would be great if the guests to Disneyland could leave the place having learned some of these same life lessons. In a way, guests already do, but more could definitely be done in this area.

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                          I did a double-take when I saw the picture on the cover! I know it's Donald, but at first it looks like the dog from Nightmare Before Christmas is in his lap!

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                            I have this book, and whether you are religous or not it appeals to everyone. It really is a positive book. I have to agree that the book is very motivational as well, lots of "plussing."
                            1st Amendment-Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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                              Thank you for the suggestion !

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