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Bruce Lee : the celebrated life of the golden dragon
Lee, Bruce, 1940-1973.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : Tuttle, [2000]

Physical Description:
xvii, 180 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
"Based on the award-winning Warner Bros. documentary Bruce Lee: in his own words by John Little"--T.p.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.6 2.0 67345.
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A behind-the-scenes look at the life of the most extraordinary martial artist of all time--Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon is a photographic catalog of all facets of this fascinating man, from the start of his career to his untimely and tragic death in 1973. This book reveals a quiet family man behind the charismatic public persona. It shows the real Bruce Lee--the man who was so much more than an international film and martial arts celebrity.

This brilliant photo essay--compiled and edited by Bruce Lee expert John Little with the assistance of Lee's widow, Linda Lee Cadwell--reveals never-before-published family photos, including rare photos of Bruce's childhood in Hong Kong. Tender moments with his children are caught on camera, and action shots from his martial arts films are shown.

With a preface by his daughter Shannon Lee and a foreword by wife Linda, the text is drawn directly from Bruce Lee's own diaries and journals. Based on the award-winning Warner Bros. documentary, Bruce Lee: In His Own Words , sections include: Chronology of the Life of Bruce Lee Early Years--why he began studying gung fu (kung fu) and took up wing chun, his first starring role, and his return to the US Hollywood--why he got the part in The Green Hornet , teaching Steve McQueen, James Coburn and Stirling Silliphant, filming Enter the Dragon , The Way of the Dragon , Fist of Fury and more, training and acting with Chuck Norris, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dean Martin and Sharon Tate, and the creation of Jeet Kune Do (JKD) Family--meeting Linda, having children, daily life This Bruce Lee Book is part of the Bruce Lee Library which also features: Bruce Lee: Striking Thoughts Bruce Lee: The Tao of Gung Fu Bruce Lee: Artist of Life Bruce Lee: Letters of the Dragon Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body Bruce Lee: Jeet Kune Do

Author Notes

John Little is the world's preeminent authority on Bruce Lee and his work. The editor of Striking Thoughts , he is also the publisher of Bruce Lee magazine and managing editor of Knowing Is Not Enough , the official newsletter of the Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Nucleus, as well as director of the Bruce Lee Educational Foundation.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

People were drawn to the charismatic Lee (1940-1973) not only by virtue of his physical skills as a martial artist but also by his words as a teacher. Lee spoke in a uniquely concise, passionate and honest style that made people want to listen to him. The intensity of his words and presence is expertly captured in this wonderfully illustrated book. Based on editor Little's short documentary film Bruce Lee in His Own Words, the narrative traces Lee's life from his childhood in Hong Kong up to his death in 1973. It features quotes from Lee on the subjects that were most important to him: humanity, family, acting and, of course, martial arts. Lee speaks with conviction about these matters and makes use of both allegory and humor to get across his points. The book also features stills from Lee's movies and television appearances, as well as personal photos of Lee with his family. In all, this is an enjoyable, nostalgic read that goes behind the camera, allowing the reader to see Lee not as a legend but as a human being. Even 27 years after his death, interest in Lee remains strong, and so this book should prove popular, not only among his fans but students of the martial arts; sport and fitness stores and centers are an obvious ancillary outlet. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Shannon Lee KeaslerLinda Lee CadwellJohn LittleBrian Jamieson
Preface: Inspiration, The Fatherp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Chronology of the Life of Bruce Leep. xv
Early Yearsp. 1
Hollywoodp. 17
Hong Kongp. 141
Familyp. 153
Epilogue: Bruce Lee In His Own Words, The Documentary Filmp. 179