A Mouse Divided: How Ub Iwerks Became Forgotten, and Walt Disney Became Uncle Walt

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In 1928, two very different best friends invented Mickey Mouse. And the success tore them apart. Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks’s friendship is a story of betrayal, love, war, money, power, tragedy, intrigue, humor, despair, and hope. You’ll love them both—when you don’t want to drop anvils on their heads. Discover the men behind the mouse, and the mystery behind the magic.

A Mouse Divided is a stirring depiction of friendship able to stand anything—except success. It’s a story of two underdogs, one who invented Mickey Mouse—and one who said he did. You’ll love Walt Disney more than you ever thought possible—until you don’t. It’ll make you sympathize with Walt’s friend-turned-rival Ub Iwerks, always in Walt’s shadow.

This true story of how the Disney empire was made is a captivating page-turner, endlessly fascinating and revealing. And it’s never been fully told—until now.