To The Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 10, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
Best known as Mr. Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise™ and captain of the Starship Excelsior, George Takei is beloved by millions as part of the command team that has taken audiences to new vistas of adventure in Star Trek®—the unprecedented television and feature film phenomenon.

From the program’s birth in the changing world of the 1960s and death at the hands of the network to its rebirth in the hearts and minds of loyal fans, the Star Trek story has blazed its own path into our recent cultural history, leading to a series of blockbuster feature films and three new versions of Star Trek for television.

The Star Trek story is one of boundless hope and crushing disappointment, wrenching rivalries and incredible achievements. It is also the story of how, after nearly thirty years, the cast of characters from a unique but poorly rated television show have come to be known to millions of Americans and people around the world as family.

For George Takei, the Star Trek adventure is intertwined with his personal odyssey through adversity in which four-year-old George and his family were forced by the United States government into internment camps during World War II.

Star Trek means much more to George Takei than an extraordinary career that has spanned thirty years. For an American whose ideals faced such a severe test, Star Trek represents a shining embodiment of the American Dream—the promise of an optimistic future in which people from all over the world contribute to a common destiny.

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To the stars: the autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Mr. Sulu

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Takei's account may go where others- namely William Shatner's Star Trek Memories (LJ 10/1/93) and Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek: The First 25 Years (Pocket Bks., 1991)-have gone before: to the best sellers lists. Read full review


An American Beginning
Journey to Arkansas
Rohwer Remembrances
Chill Wind of Tule Lake
Home Again
Growing Up Different
Tacos and Mariachis
Wild Luck
Burton and Guinness
Fly Blackbird
Return to Hollywood
The Trek Begins
Meeting Mr Rosenbury
Where I Had Never Gone Before
The Launching

Mt Vernon Days
To Be or Not to
Separate Dreams
To Be an Actor
Return to Tomorrow

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George Hosato Takei was born on April 20, 1937. He is an American actor and author, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. Takei is also a proponent of gay rights and active in state and local politics apart from his continued acting career. He has won several awards and recognition in his work on human rights and Japanese-American relations, including his work with the Japanese American National Museum. Takei enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied architecture. Later he attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in theater. He attended the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon in England, and Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. In Hollywood, he studied acting at the Desilu Workshop. In 2004, the government of Japan named Asteroid 7307 "Takei" after him. In June 2012, the American Humanist Association gave Takei the LGBT Humanist Award. His book, Oh Myyy! (There Goes The Internet) was released on December 21, 2013 and became a New York Times bestseller in 2014.

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