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This is the only independent biography of Bruce Lee, and it is complete in terms of both the martial arts and the movies.


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This is the only independent biography of Bruce Lee, and it is complete in terms of both the martial arts and the movies.

30 review for Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit: A Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Artiom Karsiuk

    Oh how we "love" an untimely death of a celebrity... I mean, even an expected death can turn a celebrity into a cult icon (see Steve Jobs), but if we take it a step further - a star struck down in the prime of his life out of the blue? - well, that's where you get a James Dean, a John F. Kennedy or a Bruce Lee. A revered Idol. Those are the best, because you can romanticize about them and wrap them in myth. They left us before fucking up and falling from our graces: smart move! But as the years p Oh how we "love" an untimely death of a celebrity... I mean, even an expected death can turn a celebrity into a cult icon (see Steve Jobs), but if we take it a step further - a star struck down in the prime of his life out of the blue? - well, that's where you get a James Dean, a John F. Kennedy or a Bruce Lee. A revered Idol. Those are the best, because you can romanticize about them and wrap them in myth. They left us before fucking up and falling from our graces: smart move! But as the years pass after their death, people turn them into cultural symbols, lift them on pedestals so high that it becomes increasingly hard to dig through the bullshit and get to know the real person underneath the layers of fiction. This book really gives you a glimpse of Bruce Lee the human. Before he became the patron saint of martial arts, he was a cocky and arrogant young man. Plus, if he grew up today, he would probably be diagnosed with ADHD in his teen years. Reading through his adult years, I think it was pretty obvious that he had a tremendous ego with a good deal of vanity and pretentiousness. These last few sentences I wrote may sound like insults, but on the contrary - I LOVED that Bruce was arrogant, vain and had an ego. Those are normal human traits and they helped me separate "Bruce Lee the person" from "Bruce Lee the legend". All of us have these flaws and I consider vanity to be a useful tool. Some of the greatest people in history were vain - that is is what fueled many of them. Michael Jordan. Vain. Muhammad Ali. Vain! Michael Jackson. Vain as fuck. For example, I was way happier to read that Lee ordered a gold Rolls Royce for himself after filming Enter the Dragon (1973) - because that is what a real human being would do, as opposed to a martial arts demigod, who'd build an orphan shelter on top of a snowy mountain. The book had it's flaws, though. The main thing that surprised me was that Bruce's early years were covered far better in terms of a biography than his few fame years in the 70s. Starting with the film The Big Boss (1971) the book turned into a "making-of" recap for all his following projects - with very few details on his personal life during stardom. Also, the author is a self-confessed Bruce Lee fan. So there were certain parts of the book that lacked traditional journalism and focused on hearsay or spirituality. I mean, I try to be as openminded as the next guy, but when he started discussing Lee's death from the point of view of energies, dark forces and chi, that was a bit too much woo-woo for me. Still, I doubt that at this moment there is a better and more complete biography of Lee. The information provided here was enough for me to form my own opinion of this almost mythical creature - and, after stripping away the fiction and bullshit, this is what I think of Bruce Lee the mortal: 1. Bruce Lee the philosopher. A lot of people, especially martial arts enthusiasts, like to quote Lee and recite his wisdom. Truth of the matter is, very few of "his quotes" are actually his. Bruce studied philosophy at the University of Washington and read many a philosophy book - no doubt he was very interested in the subject, but a lot of words attributed to him are actually borrowed from notable figures like Goethe, Krishnamurti or writings like Tao Te Ching. This book even noted, that his own girlfriend, told Lee that he doesn't always practice what he preaches: he quotes philosophers, but at the same time drives luxury cars, wears mink coats and carries handguns. That is a bit pretentious. Sorry, but I don't consider him a philosopher. 2. Bruce Lee the martial artist. That is a tricky topic. He never fought in competition, so everything we assume is based on witness testimony, hearsay and your own imagination. What we do know, is that he was held in very high regard by people who did compete on the highest level and who's skills are legitimate, like Joe Lewis and Chuck Norris. Put it simply, that if he was a fraud and had nothing to offer, they wouldn't give him the time of day. Several things are obvious: Lee had a talent and hunger for learning; he had discipline and incredible speed. I am a big mixed martial arts (MMA) fan and a fan of UFC in particular. Today, he is thought of by many as the original mixed martial artist - on some level, the patriarch and inspiration for this young sport. Could a prime Bruce Lee enter the Octagon in 2015 and hold a championship at 125-145 pounds? No, don't be silly - he would be destroyed by any of the top five fighters in a heartbeat. But if the timelines were to be different and Bruce was born in the late 80s, started training MMA right from the start - it would be an incredible thing to witness him beating the bejesus out of a Demetrious Johnson, for example. All in all, the man was very special, but I think that we need to separate Lee the person from Lee the martial arts symbol. As a person, he was a motivated and charismatic athlete, but flawed in many human ways. As a symbol, the hero worship surrounding his name is warranted, because Bruce the fictional character has millions of people around the World aspiring to greater things.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    This is by far the BEST, honest, and most comprehensive book on Bruce’s life ever written. Keep in mind that the many titles published/endorsed by Lee estate (his late wife Linda & daughter Shannon) work very hard to whitewash his life with glorified propaganda — creating a saint-like, quasi-religious deity. This keeps any negatives about the real man out of the limelight (for years I had no idea this book even existed). Make no mistake, however, Bruce Lee was a human being with flaws and imperf This is by far the BEST, honest, and most comprehensive book on Bruce’s life ever written. Keep in mind that the many titles published/endorsed by Lee estate (his late wife Linda & daughter Shannon) work very hard to whitewash his life with glorified propaganda — creating a saint-like, quasi-religious deity. This keeps any negatives about the real man out of the limelight (for years I had no idea this book even existed). Make no mistake, however, Bruce Lee was a human being with flaws and imperfections just like anyone else (not the perfect angel the Bruce Lee estate tries to promulgate). As a big fan since youth (having chance to visit his and his son’s grave site in Seattle), I found his imperfections actually make his life that much more interesting and relatable. The author has a way of painting pictures with words in a way that only fiction-genre writers can — covering the good, the bad, and the ugly of a fascinating cultural icon known worldwide as ‘the father of MMA’ through his questioning, challenging, and creative disruption of thousand year-old ancient dogmas (through the use of scientific research, empirical testing, and common sense). This book is right up there with Andre Agassi’s Open for a highly entertaining, eloquently written athlete biography. Must read for any BL fan or martial arts practitioner!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dustin

    When I was a child, this book gave insight and philosophy that both changed and saved my life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bhakta Kishor

    Bruce Lee was born in the Chinatown area of San Francisco, California, on November 27, 1940, to parents from Hong Kong, and was raised with his family in Kowloon, Hong Kong. He was introduced to the film industry by his father and appeared in several films as a child actor. Lee moved to the United States at the age of 18 to receive his higher education at the University of Washington in Seattle, and it was during this time that he began teaching martial arts. His Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced Bruce Lee was born in the Chinatown area of San Francisco, California, on November 27, 1940, to parents from Hong Kong, and was raised with his family in Kowloon, Hong Kong. He was introduced to the film industry by his father and appeared in several films as a child actor. Lee moved to the United States at the age of 18 to receive his higher education at the University of Washington in Seattle, and it was during this time that he began teaching martial arts. His Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced films elevated the traditional Hong Kong martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim, sparking a surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West in the 1970s. The direction and tone of his films dramatically changed and influenced martial arts and martial arts films in the US, Hong Kong, and the rest of the world. -------------------------------------------------------------

  5. 4 out of 5

    Irwan

    Bruce Lee was one of my youth heroes, especially when I was still actively training martial arts. I always know that I will never be Bruce Lee or even excell in martial art. However the experience of learning him and martial art in general has been beneficial to my health and fighting spirit. One thing that this book also tells the reader is Lee's passion to philosophy. He is not merely depicted as someone skillful in the art of fighting and a succesful film star. But then again, Bruce died so y Bruce Lee was one of my youth heroes, especially when I was still actively training martial arts. I always know that I will never be Bruce Lee or even excell in martial art. However the experience of learning him and martial art in general has been beneficial to my health and fighting spirit. One thing that this book also tells the reader is Lee's passion to philosophy. He is not merely depicted as someone skillful in the art of fighting and a succesful film star. But then again, Bruce died so young. We will never know how his fighting system or philosophy will fulfill its claims.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Pretty sweet crazy book for people that are into martial arts and want to get a little more insight into the life a this amazing man. The text reveals a little more of his real life, the struggles he dealt with and his inability to control his drive to be the best, which fueled his other desires, like his pain and anger, all of which overwhelmed him in the end. The book does however make it clear that he was probably the fasters son of bitch ever and could hit you 5 times before you know what wa Pretty sweet crazy book for people that are into martial arts and want to get a little more insight into the life a this amazing man. The text reveals a little more of his real life, the struggles he dealt with and his inability to control his drive to be the best, which fueled his other desires, like his pain and anger, all of which overwhelmed him in the end. The book does however make it clear that he was probably the fasters son of bitch ever and could hit you 5 times before you know what was happening.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chad B

    This is actually my first biography so I don't have much to compare with it. I learned a great deal about the life of Bruce Lee. Obviously he was a great inspiration to the martial arts world. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Bruce Lee or his art of Jeet Kune Do. My only complaint is the editing. I noticed quite a few errors.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ali Bhatti

    a very compelling tale of the phenomenal character, who has personified Martial Arts for all time! Also, it's quite an interesting read if you're looking to study about the history of Kung Fu and the side of Bruce Lee not known to many!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paul Moore

    All you need to know about the legend

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vignesh Mohan

    Well written biography of such a legend. Nicely put to describe his complex characteristics.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kris Hirst

    Fantastic insight into one of the greatest fighters of all time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lenny

    This author explains all of the inner mindfulness of Bruce Lee. His struggle for physical perfection and his attempt for fame.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jason Bowen

    This Book is informative and entertaining. It's a great insight into the life and journey of Bruce Lee.

  14. 5 out of 5

    James

    Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit, by Bruce Thomas was such an insightful read. I purchased this book back when I was a young teenager after watching Bruce Lee The Dragon Story with Jason Scott Lee. Being young and immature I had no idea that Hollywood Romanticize their movies, so when I started reading Fighting Spirit back when I couldn't perform a basic push up I was disappointed to discover that Bruce Lee had a somewhat ordinary family. Now fast forward to when I'm 34 and I have been watching the Net Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit, by Bruce Thomas was such an insightful read. I purchased this book back when I was a young teenager after watching Bruce Lee The Dragon Story with Jason Scott Lee. Being young and immature I had no idea that Hollywood Romanticize their movies, so when I started reading Fighting Spirit back when I couldn't perform a basic push up I was disappointed to discover that Bruce Lee had a somewhat ordinary family. Now fast forward to when I'm 34 and I have been watching the Netflix - The Legend of Bruce Lee, after I have found my calling as a Personal Trainer that can now punch out 50 push ups every time, the sins of immaturity have passed me and I can appreciate Bruce Lee's story for what it was. Not a man hounded by a Chinese Demon, but a man who always pushed to be a better version of himself, whether it was as a Martial Artist a family man or a film star, Bruce was a leader that fought against racism and changed the world from what it was, by introducing the Western World to Kung Fu. A beautifully written biography that welcomed me with open arms. I'm so glad I waited until now to read it. Reading this whilst watching the Netflix series which is also romanticized a little complements the experience of reading this book and would recommend this to anyone who needs a bit of hope in their lives. 4.5/5 Dragons for this one. I also would like to add as a side note, only up until the last couple of days of fully immersing myself in the life of Bruce Lee I have now developed the skill of being able to perform a handstand push-up, something I saw Jason Scott Lee do in the Dragon Story and wanted to be able to do myself. What i'm saying is Bruce Lee although many years deceased as given me a sense of belief in myself and has helped me to tap into my own ch'i.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sam Davidson

    I have been obsessed with Bruce Lee and martial arts (especially in film) most of my life so I was drawn to this book as soon as I seen it on a shelf. I only knew a small portion about his life so I was unsure what to expect or if what was told within the pages was accurate. That aside I loved it, and it gave me a much greater understanding about what he did for martial arts and his country by what he put out into the world. Definitely a recommendation for other fans.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Rios

    A very readable biography of Bruce Lee, and what I think is a reasonable introduction to Hong Kong/Kung Fu cinema more generally. Thomas was a little pompous at times (when he tries to carve the 'true' story about Lee from fabrications he might overstate himself on occasion), but the overall was fine.

  17. 4 out of 5

    James Welsh

    This book was insipiring and taught me a lot. It does a great job separating the myth from the legend and telling you about the man which quite frankly is legendary without all the hype. He was an incredible man and reading this made me feel close to him. I stongly recommend everyone check it out.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gareth Jones

    This biography of Bruce lee was very informative highlighting not only his exceptional martial art skills and acting talents but also showing his faults as every human being has. I learned much of Bruce lee that I did not know previously.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Extremely in depth look at Bruce's life and career. Unfortunately, for me it was too 'in depth' and that made it sometimes tiresome. If you're a really big fan of Bruce Lee rather than an interested party like myself then this would be an ideal read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joe Dobrzynski

    This was a pretty good read but not great . Bruce Lee is an amazing person and this book seemed a little dry at times . Overall worth the read but could have been better IMO

  21. 5 out of 5

    Madis Mark

    One of the most inspiring life stories I've ever read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alokmahajan

    He Haw Kick Bam Spat Chapat Thak Thak Pataaak!! If you are thinking what has happened to me this is the sound of my brain (naughty brain :P) making imaginary noises when it thinks that it can fight like Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee I remembered this name. When I was growing up and used to play video games on 8 bit console there was a video game called Kung-Fu. The first word which came to my mind was Bruce Lee. Somebody told me that he was killed as some psycho dude stabbed him. Now I grew up there were He Haw Kick Bam Spat Chapat Thak Thak Pataaak!! If you are thinking what has happened to me this is the sound of my brain (naughty brain :P) making imaginary noises when it thinks that it can fight like Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee I remembered this name. When I was growing up and used to play video games on 8 bit console there was a video game called Kung-Fu. The first word which came to my mind was Bruce Lee. Somebody told me that he was killed as some psycho dude stabbed him. Now I grew up there were messages like Bruce Lee Chuce Lee naaaa upto this time to be candid I did’t showed up interest in his life. Something happened after it. Facebook came into my Life and two of my friends Lali and Shivi Baby (will provide their twitter handles later in the post) posted some pics of the fittest men on earth on their profile with the words “Don’t Think ....Feel!”. I remember at that time I was reading open by Andre Agassi and he has written “Stop Thinking Start Feeling”. Time moved on .One day my eyes landed on Bruce Lee fighting spirit, I bought it from landmark at the rate of INR 139. After that the word “Jeet Kunde Do” landed in front of my eyes and something changed. I was excited to get my hands on this beauty. It arrived. First thing that strikes me is the electrifying font on yellow paper . It starts with a young bruce Lee a Swift and Suave dancer Yay!! His journey to America , his love life and the ONE INCH PUNCH!! BAM. At this stage it gets very interesting. “ The real purpose of the inch punch was to show that there is a far more powerfull way of striking someone than simply using arm and shoulder muscles. The more relaxed you are , the more energy can flow through the body; using muscular tensions to try to do the punch, or attempting to use brute force to knock someone over, only has the opposite effect.” . Next day I changed my Skype Status to “The One Inch Punch”. What amazes you is the control Bruce had over his body. After that you are mesmerized by “Yin and Yang”, Yin Man and one hell of the struggle this man made. At one point Bruce is like trough of a sine wave with amplitude -1 and just like a phoenix risen from ashes , after one year his life takes a hairpin band and he is the biggest star that US industry was about to see. The mental toughness, kick ass physical regime , the control of his nerves Bombshell Bruce definitely took the human body to his limits and beyond. But soon I was sad as when the Lee was about to hit the bulls eye “Enter the Dragon” he was no more. Author has done a great research on various parameters and controversies when the guy left for the other world but I was stunned as Lee targeted his entire life for a SMASH HIT movie and this Asian Marvel was not there to see the historic Feet. Enter the Dragon as usual was a smash hit. Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh!! This classic biography is written by Bruce Thomas and definitely deserves a space in your reading shelf. There are so many things I haven’t touched on but I have realized “The oneness of life is truth that can be realized”. Jeet Kune Do , which is limitless in possibilities adn interestingly it talks about Muhammed Ali who is next on my reading list. This post is dedicated to my three friends: · Lali Don https://twitter.com/#!/lalitnagrath · Shivi Baby https://twitter.com/#!/ShivinderToor · Rohit : https://twitter.com/#!/rohitdogra My Rating 10/10. Jeet Kune DO http://humangb.blogspot.in/

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    This novel allowed for very interesting views into the life of Bruce Lee. There is much exploration into the mysterious aspects of Bruce Lee's life in this memoir. I enjoyed how he strips the mythology of Bruce Lee from the man and gives readers a view into the "real" man underneath. I would definitely recommend this to people who are interested in Bruce Lee.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Piper Winchester

    I haven't read anything on Bruce before this book, it's a good way to start and it had bits that made you giggle from Bruce being...well Bruce. It was very detailed and goes through all the stops from the day he was born to after he passed.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris Hayhurst

    This was the first Bruce Lee biography I read when I was a kid. Although some parts of it are historically suspect, it's a page turner for sure, and it will keep you interested the whole way through.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Armand

    Dull as fuck. Couldn't finish it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Saju

    Nice extensive details on Bruce Lee. Very informative and substantive.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    an inspiration, just to understand that he was a normal human being who did extraordinary things to and with his body, a real insight into the man and his philosophy towards martial arts

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hillary

    It was a fairly easy read and I learned a lot about Bruce Lee. My only problem was that the editing left much to be desired.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nuurzaman

    about the life of Bruce Lee

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