Brav­ing per­ils of the Antarc­tic and court­ing pub­lic con­dem­na­tion

Tale of the vi­sion it took to build the most fa­mous theme park

Pretoria News - - METRO - MY PEN­GUIN YEAR Lind­say McCrae Loot.co.za (R256) HOD­DER Daily Mail DIS­NEY’S LAND Richard Snow Loot.co.za (R376) SI­MON AND SCHUS­TER Dis­ney’s Land: Walt Dis­ney and the In­ven­tion of the Amuse­ment Park that Changed the World. As­so­ci­ated Press

FEW wildlife doc­u­men­taries have stirred more con­tro­versy than David

At­ten­bor­ough’s Dy­nas­ties, which recorded the life­cy­cle of em­peror pen­guins over an eight-month win­ter in the Antarc­tic.

When the crew in­ter­vened to save a group of birds trapped in a ravine, some sci­en­tists ac­cused them of in­ter­fer­ing with of na­ture.

Cam­era­man Lind­say McCrae was 29 when he worked on the re­mark­able BBC film. Here, he ex­plains not only the emo­tions that drove the crew’s de­ci­sion to save the pen­guins, but the or­deal be­hind it.

Six­teen thou­sand kilo­me­tres from home and ab­sent for the birth of his first son, McCrae bat­tled sub-zero hur­ri­canes. Part ad­ven­ture story, part evo­ca­tion of the last un­touched place on Earth, this is mes­meris­ing. |

SCORES of books have been writ­ten on Walt Dis­ney, but Richard Snow finds some new run­ning room, de­liv­er­ing an el­e­gantly writ­ten chron­i­cle fo­cus­ing on how Dis­ney cre­ated the famed park that bears his name in

Dis­ney knew the im­por­tance of char­ac­ters in sto­ry­telling and so does Snow, ex­am­in­ing many of the peo­ple who helped Dis­ney on his pas­sage from idea to game-chang­ing park.

The book sug­gests lessons that ex­tend to today: pas­sion for an idea and a plan are im­por­tant, but so is re­search.

Dis­ney’s fo­cus and con­fi­dence al­lowed him to push on de­spite fam­ily and friends who told him an amuse­ment park was folly.

He lever­aged ev­ery­thing he owned to build an amuse­ment park the likes of which the world had never seen. But he not only had re­search to bol­ster his con­fi­dence, but also the wis­dom to hire peo­ple of su­pe­rior skill who shared his vi­sion. Per­haps most im­por­tant, he gave his team cre­ative free­dom. |

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