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My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man

Author: William Shatner with David Fisher



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New York Times Bestseller
Goodreads Choice Award Winner

Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner first crossed paths as actors on the set of The...

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New York Times Bestseller
Goodreads Choice Award Winner

Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner first crossed paths as actors on the set of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Little did they know that their next roles as Spock and Captain Kirk, in a new science fiction television series, would shape their lives in ways no one could have anticipated. In seventy-nine television episodes of Star Trek and six feature films, they grew to know each other more than most friends could ever imagine.

Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows. In this powerfully emotional book, Shatner tells the story of a man who was his friend for five decades, recounting anecdotes and untold stories of their lives on and off set, as well as gathering stories from others who knew Nimoy well, to present a full picture of a rich life.

As much a biography of Nimoy as a story of their friendship, Leonard is a uniquely heartfelt book written by one legendary actor in celebration of another.

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Thomas Dunne Books



In The News

"This is a book Star Trek fans will love." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Shatner takes readers behind the nonemotive Vulcan visage to reveal the poet, photographer, devoted stage actor, recovering alcoholic, and formidable listener who was his friend. A fond remembrance of Leonard Nimoy by one who knew him like no other." —Kirkus Reviews

"Touching on Nimoy’s other pursuits, including his photography, poetry, writing, and directing, Shatner offers up a lovely and moving tribute to his beloved friend." —Booklist

“Essentially a traditional biography, but one that is filtered through the prism of its author’s friendship with his subject.” —The Washington Post

"Trekkies will want this for the insider stories from Captain Kirk himself, but fans of candid, emotion-filled biographies will adore this account because it's a treasure trove of information." —Library Journal (starred review)

"A resonant retrospective of one of pop culture's great partnerships." —Publishers Weekly

"Shatner delivers a raw and honest look at the life of Leonard Nimoy through the filter of someone who loved him like a brother. "Star Trek" fans aren't the only ones who should read this definitive biography of the man who was much more than Mr. Spock." -Associated Press

"Star Trek fans looking for a trip down Memory Alpha lane should enjoy Leonard, William Shatner’s tribute to fellow icon Leonard Nimoy, the unemotional Mr. Spock to his passionate Captain Kirk." -USA Today

"These two men shared an extraordinary life together, and fans will enjoy the anecdotes and insights into the television industry and ‘Star Trek’ in particular. At it’s core, though, it’s a loving tribute from one man to his best friend." -The National Post

"Unexpectedly poignant. An eyebrow-raising tribute to a fascinating man." -Maclean's

"Highly readable and entertaining."

"If you want to get to know the men in a funny and brutally honest way pick up Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With A Remarkable Man." -Red Carpet Crash

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