The Early Life of Walt Disney by Andrew Kiste

‘The Early Life of Walt Disney’ is an extremely detailed account of Walter Elias Disney and his ancestors.

Kiste begins with the origins of the name Disney but quickly moves to the life of Walt’s grandfather and father, exploring the social and economic factors of the time as well as how these directly affected the Disneys. For example, how a combination of Elias Disney’s Christian faith and the corruption within a fast-growing Chicago led to Walt’s father’s authoritative nature, as well as direct examples of discipline towards Roy, Walt and the other Disney children.

Andrew Kiste has written a number of books on Walt Disney’s life and has clearly researched the icon extensively. This book is very much rooted in the history of early America and can be very detailed: Elias Disney’s involvement in building a church in his neighbourhood takes up a significant chunk of one chapter and Kiste even recounts the speech from the reverend on the day!

Nevertheless, ‘The Early Life of Walt Disney’ is an interesting insight for any hardcore Disney fan. I’m excited to see the next installment.

Thank you to Netgalley for the E-ARC of this book. I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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