Vic and I just got back from a cruise of the Caribbean. (Sorry, didn't see any pirates!) I spent a lot of time reading "Walt Disney - The Triumph Of The American Imagination" by Neal Gabler.
YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!
Up to now, "Walt Disney, An American Original" by Bob Thomas has been the definative biography of Uncle Walt. It's still a great book and you should read it... but:
Gabler's book is longer, more detailed and a wonderful read. You really get a sense of who Walt Disney was and you love him even more.
Please, please, please: Get this book and read it!