Another book is out detailing the rise of Walt and the Walt Disney Co. It details the birth and growth of the company from its early days to its rise as a leader in entertainment.

The story

Part biography and part cultural analysis, Steven Watts’s The Magic Kingdom sheds new light on the cultural icon of “Uncle Walt.” Watts also 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.

About the author

Steven Watts is a professor of history at the University of Missouri. His first book, The Republic Reborn, recieved the National Historical Society Book prize for best book of 1989. Watts currently lives in Columbia, Missouri.