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BUILDING A COMPANY. ROY O. DISNEY AND THE CREATION OF AN ENTERTAINMENT EMPIRE.

Thomas, Bob.

ISBN 10: 0786862009 / ISBN 13: 9780786862009
Published by HYPERION., NY, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First edition. From the library of veteran Disney concept artist & founding member of the Disney imagineers, John Hench, with his library sticker on the front endpaper. SIGNED by Bob Thomas & Roy E. Disney, Walt's nephew, on the half-title page. A special color Mickey Mouse corporate card & enclosure addressed to John Hench is laid-in. The card has a secretarial message from Roy E. Disney to Hench. Near fine in fine dust jacket. (Couple corner tips lightly bumped) John Hench started out with Disney in the 30s. He provided the conceptual art for "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea", largely designed Tomorrowland & The House Of The Future, and capped his career with Epcot Center. He was also Disney's official portrait artist for Mickey Mouse! A wonderful association. Bookseller Inventory # 29748

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Title: BUILDING A COMPANY. ROY O. DISNEY AND THE ...

Publisher: HYPERION., NY

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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A look at the life of the brother of Walt Disney reveals the stormy relationship between the two siblings, Roy's ingenious business savvy, and his dedication to making his brother's dream of creating a theme park come true.

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One night, at a Los Angeles dinner gala, Walt Disney gave a rare public statement about his older brother, Roy: "We started the business here in 1923, and if it hadn't been for my big brother, I swear I'd've been in jail several times for checks bouncing. I never knew what was in the bank. He kept me on the straight and narrow."

Although Walt wasn't quite that ignorant of the numbers, it's true that Roy handled most of the finances for the Disney empire. It was Roy who kept the studio running in the early years, Roy who put together the financing deals for Disneyland, Roy who oversaw the completion of Walt Disney World in Florida after his brother's death in 1966.

Building a Company provides plenty of anecdotal details about the Disney entertainment empire's rise to power. Don't look for juicy scandal, though: Bob Thomas's fully authorized (and, ultimately, Disney-financed) biography steers clear of any controversies, such as Disney's attempts to get out of a contract with ABC in the late '50s, before they can cause a blight on the success story. Useful primarily to those interested in the details of business and entertainment history.

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