Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon

Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon

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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 Tuttle Publishing's Bruce Lee Library which also features:

Bruce Lee's Striking Thoughts
Bruce Lee's 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
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 184 x 279 x 20.32mm | 1,191g
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • 176 color and b&w photos
  • 0804844070
  • 9780804844079
  • 540,798

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"Packed with tales about his youth in Hong Kong, his acting career in America, and his philosophies on fighting."-Maxim "[An] expansive collection of photos, from his Hong Kong childhood to fatherhood with son Brandon."-Men's Fitness "Childhood snapshots, behind-the-scenes Hollywood images, and rare candid photos combine to form a scrapbook of Bruce's whole life."-Inside Kung Fu "...nearly every page is a gorgeous photo of Bruce Lee in all his glory. [...] If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this book is worth millions of words." blog "Little's volume provides readers with a glossy collection of pictures that would make a nice addition to any martial artists' coffee table. [...]a sumptuous visual companion..."-Chinese Martial Studies blog "One look at this book and you won't be able to put it down...brilliantly assembled photographic essay."-Martial Arts & Combat Sports
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About John Little

John Little is the world's preeminent authority on Bruce Lee and his work. He is the former associate publisher of Bruce Lee magazine, former managing editor of Knowing Is Not Enough the official newsletter of the Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Nucleus, and former director of the Bruce Lee Educational Foundation. He's shared this information with Lee's fans in his other edited books published by Tuttle Publishing, including: The Art of Expressing the Human Body, Bruce Lee: Artist of Life, Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee's Commentaries on the Martial Way, Letters of the Dragon, The Tao of Gung Fu: A Study in the Way of Chinese Martial Art, and Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living.
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