Neal Gabler

Cultural critic and two-time winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his biography Walt Disney

  • About Neal Gabler

    Neal Gabler is a distinguished author, cultural historian, television commentator and speaker who has been called “one of America’s most important public intellectuals.”

    His first book, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History and the Theatre Library Association Award for the best book on television, radio or film. His second book, Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named the nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine. His third work, Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality, is currently being used in college courses across the country to examine the convergence of reality and entertainment. And his most recent title, Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination, a New York Times bestseller, was named the biography of the year by USA Today and won Gabler his second Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

    Gabler was selected to replace departing co-hosts Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel on the public television movie review program Sneak Previews. He has also been the host of the American Movie Classics cable television network, and of Reel to Real on the History Channel, and he is currently the host ofReel 13 on WNET, the public television station in New York City, for which he won an Emmy.

    Gabler has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Shorenstein Fellowship at Harvard University, and a Freedom Forum Fellowship, and he was a Woodrow Wilson Public Policy Scholar. He is now researching for a book on the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy and the course of modern American liberalism, to be published by the Harmony/Crown division of Random House.

  • Speaking Topics

    The Business Secrets of Walt Disney

    If ever there was a business genius who violated everything they teach in business school, Walt Disney was it. In this lecture, Neal Gabler describes how Disney turned a one-person animation company into a worldwide empire by breaking all the rules.

    The Art of Biography

    In this entertaining and anecdote-filled lecture, Neal Gabler describes the biographical process, from selecting a subject and finding papers to hunting down interviewees and organizing material to writing the book itself.

    The Making of the President 2012

    Noted author and cultural commentator Neal Gabler surveys the 2012 presidential race by examining how the American people were electing not a commander-in-chief but a protagonist-in-chief to star in the national movie. This is an entirely different approach to American politics.

    How the Jews Invented Hollywood

    Neal Gabler, the author of the classic book, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, describes how a group of Eastern European Jewish immigrants founded and ran the industry that largely defined American values and images.

    Categories: History
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  • Praise for Neal Gabler

    Praise for Walt Disney

    Mesmerizing. . . . There’s nothing Mickey Mouse about this terrific biography. . . . The definitive portrait of Walt Disney, the Dream-King.

    Washington Post Book World

    Gabler’s restless eye invigorates each page. . . . Part of the author’s formidable achievement is to take the intricacies of Disney’s devoted artistry and intertwine them with [his] life.

    Los Angeles Times Book Review
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