Bruce Lee: A Life

Bruce Lee: A Life

?The first noteworthy treatment of its subject?and a definitive one at that...Fascinating narrative threads proliferate.? ?The New York Times Book Review The most authoritative biography?featuring dozens of rarely seen photographs?of film legend Bruce Lee, who made martial arts a global phenomenon, bridged the divide between Eastern and Western cultures, and smashed long-h ?The first noteworthy treatment of its subject?and a definitive one at that...Fascinating narrative t...

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Title:Bruce Lee: A Life
Author:Matthew Polly
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:1501187627
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:656 pages pages

Bruce Lee: A Life Reviews

  • Jen
    Aug 06, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

    Matthew Polly's BRUCE LEE: A LIFE is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read for more than four decades. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like ...

    I was just 14 when Lee died. I, like the rest of the planet didn't understand what had happened. Over the following 12 months I consumed every word, film and photo of the man. I become a Bruce Lee expert, or so I believed. Then, 45 years later, Matthew Polly, wrote this book. And I rea...

    This is the newest (released only 15 days ago) and is the definitive biography on Bruce Lee. The martial artist is the first movie star I got to know when I grew up and thus I'm quite interested in getting to know him and his life better. The book is super well-researched, with lots ...

    A skinny, frail Chinese kid determinedly self-invents to become one of the most influential celebrities ever: the father of mixed martial arts, the man who changed the image of the Chinese male, and whose "shredded" physique changed the ideal male body--and who died tragically young at...

    Being involved in Martial Arts for almost 25 years, I am a fan of Bruce Lee. I read all the books and watched all the movies, and then I saw this book at Barnes and Noble. I read a lot and I don?t give out 5 stars that often. I wish I could give this one more. If you are a martial Ar...

    Fantastic biography of the great Bruce Lee with (no pun intended), no punches pulled. You definitely get to see the other side of the movie star and all the dirty laundry but you also see who he was in his private life. This was a long book but it went really quickly because it was so ...

    Unbelievably thorough. Level headed without building up the legend even more. ...

    a great book about an extraordinary person a must read ...

    Rating: 4.5/5 Like many a Chinese kid before me, I grew up idolising Bruce Lee because my parents did. He embodied everything we as an historically exploited and weakened race and people longed to have: strength and power, looks, charm, wisdom, wit, tenacity and drive. In his short ...

  • Marco G
    Aug 02, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

  • Andrew
    Jul 10, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

  • Phoebe
    Jul 07, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

    Matthew Polly's BRUCE LEE: A LIFE is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read for more than four decades. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like ...

    I was just 14 when Lee died. I, like the rest of the planet didn't understand what had happened. Over the following 12 months I consumed every word, film and photo of the man. I become a Bruce Lee expert, or so I believed. Then, 45 years later, Matthew Polly, wrote this book. And I rea...

    This is the newest (released only 15 days ago) and is the definitive biography on Bruce Lee. The martial artist is the first movie star I got to know when I grew up and thus I'm quite interested in getting to know him and his life better. The book is super well-researched, with lots ...

    A skinny, frail Chinese kid determinedly self-invents to become one of the most influential celebrities ever: the father of mixed martial arts, the man who changed the image of the Chinese male, and whose "shredded" physique changed the ideal male body--and who died tragically young at...

  • John
    Jul 19, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

    Matthew Polly's BRUCE LEE: A LIFE is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read for more than four decades. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like ...

    I was just 14 when Lee died. I, like the rest of the planet didn't understand what had happened. Over the following 12 months I consumed every word, film and photo of the man. I become a Bruce Lee expert, or so I believed. Then, 45 years later, Matthew Polly, wrote this book. And I rea...

    This is the newest (released only 15 days ago) and is the definitive biography on Bruce Lee. The martial artist is the first movie star I got to know when I grew up and thus I'm quite interested in getting to know him and his life better. The book is super well-researched, with lots ...

    A skinny, frail Chinese kid determinedly self-invents to become one of the most influential celebrities ever: the father of mixed martial arts, the man who changed the image of the Chinese male, and whose "shredded" physique changed the ideal male body--and who died tragically young at...

    Being involved in Martial Arts for almost 25 years, I am a fan of Bruce Lee. I read all the books and watched all the movies, and then I saw this book at Barnes and Noble. I read a lot and I don?t give out 5 stars that often. I wish I could give this one more. If you are a martial Ar...

    Fantastic biography of the great Bruce Lee with (no pun intended), no punches pulled. You definitely get to see the other side of the movie star and all the dirty laundry but you also see who he was in his private life. This was a long book but it went really quickly because it was so ...

    Unbelievably thorough. Level headed without building up the legend even more. ...

    a great book about an extraordinary person a must read ...

    Rating: 4.5/5 Like many a Chinese kid before me, I grew up idolising Bruce Lee because my parents did. He embodied everything we as an historically exploited and weakened race and people longed to have: strength and power, looks, charm, wisdom, wit, tenacity and drive. In his short ...

    This was - absolutely - an outstanding read! Although I new quite a bit about Bruce Lee, being a lifetime fan of his work, there was a lot that I didn?t know that this book revealed. I now appreciate the man, as well the legacy he left behind, so much more. This book will definitely ...

    Despite the fact that my largest takeaway from this biography was probably "Wow, Bruce Lee was an incredible dick!", this is still a great book. Actually maybe even because of that. Comprehensive, easy to read, and engrossing. It's an indirect dissection of Asian racial politics in Hol...

    I've been a Bruce Lee scholar as far back as I can remember. At various points in my life, he's played different roles: Childhood Hero, Martial Guru, Zen Mystic, Punk Rock Non Conformist, American Icon. As a child of the 70's/80's whose sole interests were Comic Books, Star Wars, Rocky...

    After watching the movies over the years and reading poor biographies (including his widow's book(s)); finally refreshing to have a definite biography that is honest, well researched and factual (Especially when it come the numerous cause of death theories). If enjoy the Kung-Fu mo...

  • Micky Lee
    Jul 08, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

    Matthew Polly's BRUCE LEE: A LIFE is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read for more than four decades. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like ...

    I was just 14 when Lee died. I, like the rest of the planet didn't understand what had happened. Over the following 12 months I consumed every word, film and photo of the man. I become a Bruce Lee expert, or so I believed. Then, 45 years later, Matthew Polly, wrote this book. And I rea...

    This is the newest (released only 15 days ago) and is the definitive biography on Bruce Lee. The martial artist is the first movie star I got to know when I grew up and thus I'm quite interested in getting to know him and his life better. The book is super well-researched, with lots ...

    A skinny, frail Chinese kid determinedly self-invents to become one of the most influential celebrities ever: the father of mixed martial arts, the man who changed the image of the Chinese male, and whose "shredded" physique changed the ideal male body--and who died tragically young at...

    Being involved in Martial Arts for almost 25 years, I am a fan of Bruce Lee. I read all the books and watched all the movies, and then I saw this book at Barnes and Noble. I read a lot and I don?t give out 5 stars that often. I wish I could give this one more. If you are a martial Ar...

    Fantastic biography of the great Bruce Lee with (no pun intended), no punches pulled. You definitely get to see the other side of the movie star and all the dirty laundry but you also see who he was in his private life. This was a long book but it went really quickly because it was so ...

    Unbelievably thorough. Level headed without building up the legend even more. ...

    a great book about an extraordinary person a must read ...

  • Ron S
    Jun 22, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

  • Jean
    Oct 02, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

  • Kevin
    Jun 26, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

    Matthew Polly's BRUCE LEE: A LIFE is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read for more than four decades. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like ...

  • Angelo
    Jul 15, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

    Matthew Polly's BRUCE LEE: A LIFE is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read for more than four decades. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like ...

    I was just 14 when Lee died. I, like the rest of the planet didn't understand what had happened. Over the following 12 months I consumed every word, film and photo of the man. I become a Bruce Lee expert, or so I believed. Then, 45 years later, Matthew Polly, wrote this book. And I rea...

    This is the newest (released only 15 days ago) and is the definitive biography on Bruce Lee. The martial artist is the first movie star I got to know when I grew up and thus I'm quite interested in getting to know him and his life better. The book is super well-researched, with lots ...

    A skinny, frail Chinese kid determinedly self-invents to become one of the most influential celebrities ever: the father of mixed martial arts, the man who changed the image of the Chinese male, and whose "shredded" physique changed the ideal male body--and who died tragically young at...

    Being involved in Martial Arts for almost 25 years, I am a fan of Bruce Lee. I read all the books and watched all the movies, and then I saw this book at Barnes and Noble. I read a lot and I don?t give out 5 stars that often. I wish I could give this one more. If you are a martial Ar...

    Fantastic biography of the great Bruce Lee with (no pun intended), no punches pulled. You definitely get to see the other side of the movie star and all the dirty laundry but you also see who he was in his private life. This was a long book but it went really quickly because it was so ...

  • Valerity (Val)
    Jun 02, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

  • Travis
    May 29, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

  • John
    Jun 28, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

  • Paul Read
    Jul 29, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

    Matthew Polly's BRUCE LEE: A LIFE is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read for more than four decades. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like ...

    I was just 14 when Lee died. I, like the rest of the planet didn't understand what had happened. Over the following 12 months I consumed every word, film and photo of the man. I become a Bruce Lee expert, or so I believed. Then, 45 years later, Matthew Polly, wrote this book. And I rea...

  • Heidi Burkhart
    Oct 04, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

  • Jason Weber
    Jul 03, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

    Matthew Polly's BRUCE LEE: A LIFE is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read for more than four decades. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like ...

    I was just 14 when Lee died. I, like the rest of the planet didn't understand what had happened. Over the following 12 months I consumed every word, film and photo of the man. I become a Bruce Lee expert, or so I believed. Then, 45 years later, Matthew Polly, wrote this book. And I rea...

    This is the newest (released only 15 days ago) and is the definitive biography on Bruce Lee. The martial artist is the first movie star I got to know when I grew up and thus I'm quite interested in getting to know him and his life better. The book is super well-researched, with lots ...

    A skinny, frail Chinese kid determinedly self-invents to become one of the most influential celebrities ever: the father of mixed martial arts, the man who changed the image of the Chinese male, and whose "shredded" physique changed the ideal male body--and who died tragically young at...

    Being involved in Martial Arts for almost 25 years, I am a fan of Bruce Lee. I read all the books and watched all the movies, and then I saw this book at Barnes and Noble. I read a lot and I don?t give out 5 stars that often. I wish I could give this one more. If you are a martial Ar...

  • Bryan Cebulski
    Aug 27, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

    Matthew Polly's BRUCE LEE: A LIFE is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read for more than four decades. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like ...

    I was just 14 when Lee died. I, like the rest of the planet didn't understand what had happened. Over the following 12 months I consumed every word, film and photo of the man. I become a Bruce Lee expert, or so I believed. Then, 45 years later, Matthew Polly, wrote this book. And I rea...

    This is the newest (released only 15 days ago) and is the definitive biography on Bruce Lee. The martial artist is the first movie star I got to know when I grew up and thus I'm quite interested in getting to know him and his life better. The book is super well-researched, with lots ...

    A skinny, frail Chinese kid determinedly self-invents to become one of the most influential celebrities ever: the father of mixed martial arts, the man who changed the image of the Chinese male, and whose "shredded" physique changed the ideal male body--and who died tragically young at...

    Being involved in Martial Arts for almost 25 years, I am a fan of Bruce Lee. I read all the books and watched all the movies, and then I saw this book at Barnes and Noble. I read a lot and I don?t give out 5 stars that often. I wish I could give this one more. If you are a martial Ar...

    Fantastic biography of the great Bruce Lee with (no pun intended), no punches pulled. You definitely get to see the other side of the movie star and all the dirty laundry but you also see who he was in his private life. This was a long book but it went really quickly because it was so ...

    Unbelievably thorough. Level headed without building up the legend even more. ...

    a great book about an extraordinary person a must read ...

    Rating: 4.5/5 Like many a Chinese kid before me, I grew up idolising Bruce Lee because my parents did. He embodied everything we as an historically exploited and weakened race and people longed to have: strength and power, looks, charm, wisdom, wit, tenacity and drive. In his short ...

    This was - absolutely - an outstanding read! Although I new quite a bit about Bruce Lee, being a lifetime fan of his work, there was a lot that I didn?t know that this book revealed. I now appreciate the man, as well the legacy he left behind, so much more. This book will definitely ...

    Despite the fact that my largest takeaway from this biography was probably "Wow, Bruce Lee was an incredible dick!", this is still a great book. Actually maybe even because of that. Comprehensive, easy to read, and engrossing. It's an indirect dissection of Asian racial politics in Hol...

  • Scott S.
    Aug 30, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

  • Jason Colon
    Oct 13, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

    Matthew Polly's BRUCE LEE: A LIFE is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read for more than four decades. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like ...

    I was just 14 when Lee died. I, like the rest of the planet didn't understand what had happened. Over the following 12 months I consumed every word, film and photo of the man. I become a Bruce Lee expert, or so I believed. Then, 45 years later, Matthew Polly, wrote this book. And I rea...

    This is the newest (released only 15 days ago) and is the definitive biography on Bruce Lee. The martial artist is the first movie star I got to know when I grew up and thus I'm quite interested in getting to know him and his life better. The book is super well-researched, with lots ...

    A skinny, frail Chinese kid determinedly self-invents to become one of the most influential celebrities ever: the father of mixed martial arts, the man who changed the image of the Chinese male, and whose "shredded" physique changed the ideal male body--and who died tragically young at...

    Being involved in Martial Arts for almost 25 years, I am a fan of Bruce Lee. I read all the books and watched all the movies, and then I saw this book at Barnes and Noble. I read a lot and I don?t give out 5 stars that often. I wish I could give this one more. If you are a martial Ar...

    Fantastic biography of the great Bruce Lee with (no pun intended), no punches pulled. You definitely get to see the other side of the movie star and all the dirty laundry but you also see who he was in his private life. This was a long book but it went really quickly because it was so ...

    Unbelievably thorough. Level headed without building up the legend even more. ...

  • Trung Nguyen Dang
    Jun 20, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

    Matthew Polly's BRUCE LEE: A LIFE is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read for more than four decades. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like ...

    I was just 14 when Lee died. I, like the rest of the planet didn't understand what had happened. Over the following 12 months I consumed every word, film and photo of the man. I become a Bruce Lee expert, or so I believed. Then, 45 years later, Matthew Polly, wrote this book. And I rea...

    This is the newest (released only 15 days ago) and is the definitive biography on Bruce Lee. The martial artist is the first movie star I got to know when I grew up and thus I'm quite interested in getting to know him and his life better. The book is super well-researched, with lots ...

  • Marie
    May 05, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

  • JD
    Jul 22, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

    Matthew Polly's BRUCE LEE: A LIFE is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read for more than four decades. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like ...

    I was just 14 when Lee died. I, like the rest of the planet didn't understand what had happened. Over the following 12 months I consumed every word, film and photo of the man. I become a Bruce Lee expert, or so I believed. Then, 45 years later, Matthew Polly, wrote this book. And I rea...

    This is the newest (released only 15 days ago) and is the definitive biography on Bruce Lee. The martial artist is the first movie star I got to know when I grew up and thus I'm quite interested in getting to know him and his life better. The book is super well-researched, with lots ...

    A skinny, frail Chinese kid determinedly self-invents to become one of the most influential celebrities ever: the father of mixed martial arts, the man who changed the image of the Chinese male, and whose "shredded" physique changed the ideal male body--and who died tragically young at...

    Being involved in Martial Arts for almost 25 years, I am a fan of Bruce Lee. I read all the books and watched all the movies, and then I saw this book at Barnes and Noble. I read a lot and I don?t give out 5 stars that often. I wish I could give this one more. If you are a martial Ar...

    Fantastic biography of the great Bruce Lee with (no pun intended), no punches pulled. You definitely get to see the other side of the movie star and all the dirty laundry but you also see who he was in his private life. This was a long book but it went really quickly because it was so ...

    Unbelievably thorough. Level headed without building up the legend even more. ...

    a great book about an extraordinary person a must read ...

    Rating: 4.5/5 Like many a Chinese kid before me, I grew up idolising Bruce Lee because my parents did. He embodied everything we as an historically exploited and weakened race and people longed to have: strength and power, looks, charm, wisdom, wit, tenacity and drive. In his short ...

    This was - absolutely - an outstanding read! Although I new quite a bit about Bruce Lee, being a lifetime fan of his work, there was a lot that I didn?t know that this book revealed. I now appreciate the man, as well the legacy he left behind, so much more. This book will definitely ...

    Despite the fact that my largest takeaway from this biography was probably "Wow, Bruce Lee was an incredible dick!", this is still a great book. Actually maybe even because of that. Comprehensive, easy to read, and engrossing. It's an indirect dissection of Asian racial politics in Hol...

    I've been a Bruce Lee scholar as far back as I can remember. At various points in my life, he's played different roles: Childhood Hero, Martial Guru, Zen Mystic, Punk Rock Non Conformist, American Icon. As a child of the 70's/80's whose sole interests were Comic Books, Star Wars, Rocky...

    After watching the movies over the years and reading poor biographies (including his widow's book(s)); finally refreshing to have a definite biography that is honest, well researched and factual (Especially when it come the numerous cause of death theories). If enjoy the Kung-Fu mo...

    Bruce Lee is one of those iconic figures who most people instantly recognize but know little about. He's like Che Guevara in that regard -- he's an image that connotes some form of cool, though most couldn't tell you why. Matthew Polly's "Bruce Lee" makes a compelling case that Bruce L...

    A big bite of Bruce Lee... There are great swathes of information in this book that have already been presented throughout the general catalogue of Bruce Lee documentaries, and a lot of the details may not strike a devout fan as revelatory. However, "Bruce Lee: A Life" still succee...

    Learn about the man, not the myth This is an excellent and extremely well researched biography. It sifts through all the hype, legends and stories that have surrounded Bruce Lee since his untimely death. The author really depicts Bruce as a driven, charismatic, volatile and very hu...

    A while ago I wanted to read a biography of Bruce Lee and was surprised to find only a handful of short, incomplete works, more or less all out of print. Matthew Polly has now rectified that severe injustice with a beautifully written, exhaustively researched, mesmerizing new bio that ...

  • Tim McLean
    Jun 24, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

    Matthew Polly's BRUCE LEE: A LIFE is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read for more than four decades. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like ...

    I was just 14 when Lee died. I, like the rest of the planet didn't understand what had happened. Over the following 12 months I consumed every word, film and photo of the man. I become a Bruce Lee expert, or so I believed. Then, 45 years later, Matthew Polly, wrote this book. And I rea...

    This is the newest (released only 15 days ago) and is the definitive biography on Bruce Lee. The martial artist is the first movie star I got to know when I grew up and thus I'm quite interested in getting to know him and his life better. The book is super well-researched, with lots ...

    A skinny, frail Chinese kid determinedly self-invents to become one of the most influential celebrities ever: the father of mixed martial arts, the man who changed the image of the Chinese male, and whose "shredded" physique changed the ideal male body--and who died tragically young at...

    Being involved in Martial Arts for almost 25 years, I am a fan of Bruce Lee. I read all the books and watched all the movies, and then I saw this book at Barnes and Noble. I read a lot and I don?t give out 5 stars that often. I wish I could give this one more. If you are a martial Ar...

    Fantastic biography of the great Bruce Lee with (no pun intended), no punches pulled. You definitely get to see the other side of the movie star and all the dirty laundry but you also see who he was in his private life. This was a long book but it went really quickly because it was so ...

    Unbelievably thorough. Level headed without building up the legend even more. ...

    a great book about an extraordinary person a must read ...

    Rating: 4.5/5 Like many a Chinese kid before me, I grew up idolising Bruce Lee because my parents did. He embodied everything we as an historically exploited and weakened race and people longed to have: strength and power, looks, charm, wisdom, wit, tenacity and drive. In his short ...

    This was - absolutely - an outstanding read! Although I new quite a bit about Bruce Lee, being a lifetime fan of his work, there was a lot that I didn?t know that this book revealed. I now appreciate the man, as well the legacy he left behind, so much more. This book will definitely ...

  • Charlie
    Jun 28, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

    Matthew Polly's BRUCE LEE: A LIFE is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read for more than four decades. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like ...

    I was just 14 when Lee died. I, like the rest of the planet didn't understand what had happened. Over the following 12 months I consumed every word, film and photo of the man. I become a Bruce Lee expert, or so I believed. Then, 45 years later, Matthew Polly, wrote this book. And I rea...

    This is the newest (released only 15 days ago) and is the definitive biography on Bruce Lee. The martial artist is the first movie star I got to know when I grew up and thus I'm quite interested in getting to know him and his life better. The book is super well-researched, with lots ...

    A skinny, frail Chinese kid determinedly self-invents to become one of the most influential celebrities ever: the father of mixed martial arts, the man who changed the image of the Chinese male, and whose "shredded" physique changed the ideal male body--and who died tragically young at...

    Being involved in Martial Arts for almost 25 years, I am a fan of Bruce Lee. I read all the books and watched all the movies, and then I saw this book at Barnes and Noble. I read a lot and I don?t give out 5 stars that often. I wish I could give this one more. If you are a martial Ar...

    Fantastic biography of the great Bruce Lee with (no pun intended), no punches pulled. You definitely get to see the other side of the movie star and all the dirty laundry but you also see who he was in his private life. This was a long book but it went really quickly because it was so ...

    Unbelievably thorough. Level headed without building up the legend even more. ...

    a great book about an extraordinary person a must read ...

    Rating: 4.5/5 Like many a Chinese kid before me, I grew up idolising Bruce Lee because my parents did. He embodied everything we as an historically exploited and weakened race and people longed to have: strength and power, looks, charm, wisdom, wit, tenacity and drive. In his short ...

    This was - absolutely - an outstanding read! Although I new quite a bit about Bruce Lee, being a lifetime fan of his work, there was a lot that I didn?t know that this book revealed. I now appreciate the man, as well the legacy he left behind, so much more. This book will definitely ...

    Despite the fact that my largest takeaway from this biography was probably "Wow, Bruce Lee was an incredible dick!", this is still a great book. Actually maybe even because of that. Comprehensive, easy to read, and engrossing. It's an indirect dissection of Asian racial politics in Hol...

    I've been a Bruce Lee scholar as far back as I can remember. At various points in my life, he's played different roles: Childhood Hero, Martial Guru, Zen Mystic, Punk Rock Non Conformist, American Icon. As a child of the 70's/80's whose sole interests were Comic Books, Star Wars, Rocky...

    After watching the movies over the years and reading poor biographies (including his widow's book(s)); finally refreshing to have a definite biography that is honest, well researched and factual (Especially when it come the numerous cause of death theories). If enjoy the Kung-Fu mo...

    Bruce Lee is one of those iconic figures who most people instantly recognize but know little about. He's like Che Guevara in that regard -- he's an image that connotes some form of cool, though most couldn't tell you why. Matthew Polly's "Bruce Lee" makes a compelling case that Bruce L...

    A big bite of Bruce Lee... There are great swathes of information in this book that have already been presented throughout the general catalogue of Bruce Lee documentaries, and a lot of the details may not strike a devout fan as revelatory. However, "Bruce Lee: A Life" still succee...

  • Cullen Haynes
    Nov 03, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

  • John Spiller
    Jun 13, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

    Matthew Polly's BRUCE LEE: A LIFE is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read for more than four decades. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like ...

    I was just 14 when Lee died. I, like the rest of the planet didn't understand what had happened. Over the following 12 months I consumed every word, film and photo of the man. I become a Bruce Lee expert, or so I believed. Then, 45 years later, Matthew Polly, wrote this book. And I rea...

    This is the newest (released only 15 days ago) and is the definitive biography on Bruce Lee. The martial artist is the first movie star I got to know when I grew up and thus I'm quite interested in getting to know him and his life better. The book is super well-researched, with lots ...

    A skinny, frail Chinese kid determinedly self-invents to become one of the most influential celebrities ever: the father of mixed martial arts, the man who changed the image of the Chinese male, and whose "shredded" physique changed the ideal male body--and who died tragically young at...

    Being involved in Martial Arts for almost 25 years, I am a fan of Bruce Lee. I read all the books and watched all the movies, and then I saw this book at Barnes and Noble. I read a lot and I don?t give out 5 stars that often. I wish I could give this one more. If you are a martial Ar...

    Fantastic biography of the great Bruce Lee with (no pun intended), no punches pulled. You definitely get to see the other side of the movie star and all the dirty laundry but you also see who he was in his private life. This was a long book but it went really quickly because it was so ...

    Unbelievably thorough. Level headed without building up the legend even more. ...

    a great book about an extraordinary person a must read ...

    Rating: 4.5/5 Like many a Chinese kid before me, I grew up idolising Bruce Lee because my parents did. He embodied everything we as an historically exploited and weakened race and people longed to have: strength and power, looks, charm, wisdom, wit, tenacity and drive. In his short ...

    This was - absolutely - an outstanding read! Although I new quite a bit about Bruce Lee, being a lifetime fan of his work, there was a lot that I didn?t know that this book revealed. I now appreciate the man, as well the legacy he left behind, so much more. This book will definitely ...

    Despite the fact that my largest takeaway from this biography was probably "Wow, Bruce Lee was an incredible dick!", this is still a great book. Actually maybe even because of that. Comprehensive, easy to read, and engrossing. It's an indirect dissection of Asian racial politics in Hol...

    I've been a Bruce Lee scholar as far back as I can remember. At various points in my life, he's played different roles: Childhood Hero, Martial Guru, Zen Mystic, Punk Rock Non Conformist, American Icon. As a child of the 70's/80's whose sole interests were Comic Books, Star Wars, Rocky...

    After watching the movies over the years and reading poor biographies (including his widow's book(s)); finally refreshing to have a definite biography that is honest, well researched and factual (Especially when it come the numerous cause of death theories). If enjoy the Kung-Fu mo...

    Bruce Lee is one of those iconic figures who most people instantly recognize but know little about. He's like Che Guevara in that regard -- he's an image that connotes some form of cool, though most couldn't tell you why. Matthew Polly's "Bruce Lee" makes a compelling case that Bruce L...

  • Bkwmlee
    Jul 26, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

  • Brian
    Jul 10, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

    Matthew Polly's BRUCE LEE: A LIFE is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read for more than four decades. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like ...

    I was just 14 when Lee died. I, like the rest of the planet didn't understand what had happened. Over the following 12 months I consumed every word, film and photo of the man. I become a Bruce Lee expert, or so I believed. Then, 45 years later, Matthew Polly, wrote this book. And I rea...

    This is the newest (released only 15 days ago) and is the definitive biography on Bruce Lee. The martial artist is the first movie star I got to know when I grew up and thus I'm quite interested in getting to know him and his life better. The book is super well-researched, with lots ...

    A skinny, frail Chinese kid determinedly self-invents to become one of the most influential celebrities ever: the father of mixed martial arts, the man who changed the image of the Chinese male, and whose "shredded" physique changed the ideal male body--and who died tragically young at...

    Being involved in Martial Arts for almost 25 years, I am a fan of Bruce Lee. I read all the books and watched all the movies, and then I saw this book at Barnes and Noble. I read a lot and I don?t give out 5 stars that often. I wish I could give this one more. If you are a martial Ar...

    Fantastic biography of the great Bruce Lee with (no pun intended), no punches pulled. You definitely get to see the other side of the movie star and all the dirty laundry but you also see who he was in his private life. This was a long book but it went really quickly because it was so ...

    Unbelievably thorough. Level headed without building up the legend even more. ...

    a great book about an extraordinary person a must read ...

    Rating: 4.5/5 Like many a Chinese kid before me, I grew up idolising Bruce Lee because my parents did. He embodied everything we as an historically exploited and weakened race and people longed to have: strength and power, looks, charm, wisdom, wit, tenacity and drive. In his short ...

    This was - absolutely - an outstanding read! Although I new quite a bit about Bruce Lee, being a lifetime fan of his work, there was a lot that I didn?t know that this book revealed. I now appreciate the man, as well the legacy he left behind, so much more. This book will definitely ...

    Despite the fact that my largest takeaway from this biography was probably "Wow, Bruce Lee was an incredible dick!", this is still a great book. Actually maybe even because of that. Comprehensive, easy to read, and engrossing. It's an indirect dissection of Asian racial politics in Hol...

    I've been a Bruce Lee scholar as far back as I can remember. At various points in my life, he's played different roles: Childhood Hero, Martial Guru, Zen Mystic, Punk Rock Non Conformist, American Icon. As a child of the 70's/80's whose sole interests were Comic Books, Star Wars, Rocky...

    After watching the movies over the years and reading poor biographies (including his widow's book(s)); finally refreshing to have a definite biography that is honest, well researched and factual (Especially when it come the numerous cause of death theories). If enjoy the Kung-Fu mo...

    Bruce Lee is one of those iconic figures who most people instantly recognize but know little about. He's like Che Guevara in that regard -- he's an image that connotes some form of cool, though most couldn't tell you why. Matthew Polly's "Bruce Lee" makes a compelling case that Bruce L...

    A big bite of Bruce Lee... There are great swathes of information in this book that have already been presented throughout the general catalogue of Bruce Lee documentaries, and a lot of the details may not strike a devout fan as revelatory. However, "Bruce Lee: A Life" still succee...

    Learn about the man, not the myth This is an excellent and extremely well researched biography. It sifts through all the hype, legends and stories that have surrounded Bruce Lee since his untimely death. The author really depicts Bruce as a driven, charismatic, volatile and very hu...

  • Amanda Peterson
    Aug 14, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

  • Alan Canvan
    Jun 16, 2018

    I remember the craze about kung fu movies when I was a young teen and then hearing about Bruce Lee?s passing and I didn?t understand a lot about it. The remedy for that was reading this book about Bruce Lee?s life. It was so engrossing for me that I read it quite quickly, althoug...

    As I?ve mentioned in other reviews, I was born in Hong Kong and even though I?ve lived in the U.S. for most of my life, that has not stopped me from having a strong connection to the place of my birth. My fondness for HK runs deep and even though it is a very different place now fr...

    "The joke in China is kung fu is a way to trick thirteen year-old boys into meditating. Bruce Lee had started his martial arts path as a punk . . . [but now] he would speak and think more and more like a Taoist monk. This internal dichotomy and conflict between his punkish personality ...

    Bruce Lee was a hero to many people of all cultures. He made his moves in the movies look effortless. He wanted to be known as an actor, not just someone who did "Kung Fu. He died at an early age due to cerebral edema. No one was sure how this came about. There were pictures of his fam...

    I thought I knew a lot about Bruce Lee but wow was I wrong. This biography of the martial arts great, film star and cult idol/icon is eye opening. Delving into all facets of Lee?s life, the good and the bad, this is just a fascinating portrait of a truly larger than life character an...

    A well researched, definitive, readable biography about the actor and martial arts star, separating fact from legend and myth. ...

    Question: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Answer: Bruce Lee I was so excited to read this book about Bruce Lee. I grew up watching his movies. I still have a box set of his movies on VHS. I was so in love with him. Didn't matter that he died before I wa...

    Very entertaining biography. It's very detailed and well written. Turns out that (spoiler) the 5 finger death punch is NOT what killed the Little Dragon LOL. ...

    I will state how rare it is for me to give five stars to a book but then again I have never ended up getting emotionally involved with the subject matter like I have now. While not an official biography this is a really enthralling read with interesting stories and tidbits concerning B...

    This could also be called ?Everything you want to know about Bruce Lee.? Informative, and kept my interest. I enjoyed the audiobook format. ...

    Finally, a Bruce Lee biography worth reading. My only quibble is the anachronistic use of the phrase "McDojo." Didn't exist until the 90s and likely did not apply to any karate school in the 1960s. ...

    In memory of the once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess. I've always been fascinated by Bruce Lee. I can't recall my first viewing of Enter the Dragon but I do know it has profoundly affected my entire life. And, yes, I was "that" guy with a Bruce Lee poste...

    In the spirit of one of my mentor's advice, Robin Sharma, who said reading Biographies of inspiring people is time never wasted, I thought it timely then, being in San Fran, I finish the Biography of one of it's favourite sons. More than 40 years after legendary martial artist and ...

    Matthew Polly's BRUCE LEE: A LIFE is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read for more than four decades. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like ...

    I was just 14 when Lee died. I, like the rest of the planet didn't understand what had happened. Over the following 12 months I consumed every word, film and photo of the man. I become a Bruce Lee expert, or so I believed. Then, 45 years later, Matthew Polly, wrote this book. And I rea...

    This is the newest (released only 15 days ago) and is the definitive biography on Bruce Lee. The martial artist is the first movie star I got to know when I grew up and thus I'm quite interested in getting to know him and his life better. The book is super well-researched, with lots ...

    A skinny, frail Chinese kid determinedly self-invents to become one of the most influential celebrities ever: the father of mixed martial arts, the man who changed the image of the Chinese male, and whose "shredded" physique changed the ideal male body--and who died tragically young at...

    Being involved in Martial Arts for almost 25 years, I am a fan of Bruce Lee. I read all the books and watched all the movies, and then I saw this book at Barnes and Noble. I read a lot and I don?t give out 5 stars that often. I wish I could give this one more. If you are a martial Ar...

    Fantastic biography of the great Bruce Lee with (no pun intended), no punches pulled. You definitely get to see the other side of the movie star and all the dirty laundry but you also see who he was in his private life. This was a long book but it went really quickly because it was so ...

    Unbelievably thorough. Level headed without building up the legend even more. ...

    a great book about an extraordinary person a must read ...

    Rating: 4.5/5 Like many a Chinese kid before me, I grew up idolising Bruce Lee because my parents did. He embodied everything we as an historically exploited and weakened race and people longed to have: strength and power, looks, charm, wisdom, wit, tenacity and drive. In his short ...

    This was - absolutely - an outstanding read! Although I new quite a bit about Bruce Lee, being a lifetime fan of his work, there was a lot that I didn?t know that this book revealed. I now appreciate the man, as well the legacy he left behind, so much more. This book will definitely ...

    Despite the fact that my largest takeaway from this biography was probably "Wow, Bruce Lee was an incredible dick!", this is still a great book. Actually maybe even because of that. Comprehensive, easy to read, and engrossing. It's an indirect dissection of Asian racial politics in Hol...

    I've been a Bruce Lee scholar as far back as I can remember. At various points in my life, he's played different roles: Childhood Hero, Martial Guru, Zen Mystic, Punk Rock Non Conformist, American Icon. As a child of the 70's/80's whose sole interests were Comic Books, Star Wars, Rocky...