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Bruce Lee: A Life

Bruce Lee passed away on July 20, 1973.  Today seemed like a good day to talk about Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew Polly.

My first encounter with Bruce Lee was at a video store in the early 90s.  My cousin and I rented The Big Boss, which at the time was mislabeled as Fist of Fury. After watching the film, we spent the rest of the night trying to punch and kick like Bruce. I eventually saw his other two (completed) Hong Kong films, and finally his magnum opus, Enter The Dragon.  When I heard about Matthew Polly's biography I couldn't wait to read it.

This book is exhaustively researched. Polly gives you a very complete picture of Bruce's life by interviewing almost everyone who worked with, was trained by, or new him.  The text of the book is 500 pages with 200 more of notes and sources.  Even though Bruce did not find fame in Hong Kong until 1971, his story of how he tried so hard to achieve fame is just as compelling.

Bruce's early years were spent reading comic books…

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