Friday, March 10, 2006

What I'm Reading: DisneyWar

I haven’t posted anything here for a long time, it seems. Indeed, I’ve felt that I should post my entry about Lori’s dad before I get back to normal blogging.

That said, I want Lori to go over and “approve” what I have to say about her dad and get her agreement that it honors him. So, that said, the entry about her dad, Ray Hedgpeth, will have to wait a little longer.

However, I would like to get back to making entries about what I am reading, especially since I've got something to chirp about now.

For the past week or so, I’ve been reading “DisneyWar” by James B. Stewart. This book is so fascinating! I know it’s been around for awhile but with the move and everything that’s happened, I hadn’t got around to it until late February. Like similar books that have come before it (“Storming the Magic Kingdom,” “The Disney Touch,” “Keys to the Magic Kingdom” – all of which I’ve read), “DisneyWar” turns the spotlight behind the scenes at The Walt Disney Company. But this time it takes us right up to the end of the Eisner era. And the book does an exceptional job of laying the groundwork for the recent Disney/Pixar acquisition. It’s almost as if the author knew what was coming.

And perhaps he did.

Anyway, if you love Disney (as I do) and/or the machinations of behind-the-scenes Hollywood, you’ll dig this book.

Now I can’t wait for the one that chronicles the whole Disney/Pixar affair.