The Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney and the American Way of Life

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University of Missouri Press, Oct 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 526 pages
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The Magic Kingdom sheds new light on the cultural icon of "Uncle Walt."  Watts digs deeply into Disney's private life, investigating his roles as husband, father, and brother and providing fresh insight into his peculiar psyche-his genuine folksiness and warmth, his domineering treatment of colleagues and friends, his deepest prejudices and passions.  Full of colorful sketches of daily life at the Disney Studio and tales about the creation of Disneyland and Disney World, The Magic Kingdom offers a definitive view of one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century.

 

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Although the Disney studio was hailed as a dream factory, there was plenty of hard work and hard-nosed business deals behind the facade. Drawing on interviews and research from Disney archives, Watts ... Read full review

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Contents

Disney and the Rural Romance
3
Man Disney and Mickey Mouse
24
Entertainer as Success Icon
42
The Disney Golden Age
61
Disney and the Depression Sentimental Populism
63
Disney and the Depression Populist Parables
83
The Entertainer as Artist Sentimental Modernism
101
Of Mice and Men Art Critics and Animators
120
The Search for Direction
263
Disney and the American Century
281
Cold War Fantasies
283
Disney Notional Security
303
Disney Domestic Security
323
Citizen Disney
346
Disney and the Culture Industry
361
the Happiest Place on Earth
383

Disney and American Culture
143
The Fantasy Factory
164
Engineering of Enchantment
183
Trouble in Fantasyland
201
Animation and Its Discontents
203
Disney and the Good War
228
Disneys Descent
243
Pax Disneyana
404
Its a World After All
425
Epilogue
446
Notes
455
Bibliographic Essay
509
Index
513
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About the author (2001)

Steven Watts is Chairman of the History Department at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is the author of several books, including The Republic Reborn: War and the Making of Liberal America, 1790-1820.

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