My Fifty-year Friendship With A Remarkable Man

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William Shatner's personal tribute to his longtime friend and Star Trek co-star, Leonard Nimoy.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2016
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250083319
Characteristics: 278 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Fisher, David 1946-


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Dec 30, 2017

Whether you are a Star Trek fan, or not - This entertaining and light-hearted celebrity-biography (which was written by William Shatner) will give you a very personal look at Leonard Nimoy, both as a man and as an actor.

For 50 years - Shatner was apparently very closely associated with Nimoy, as they not only worked together in TV and films, but these 2 dudes also hung out together when not on the set, as well.

Leonard Nimoy (who played the character of Mr. Spock on TV) died back in 2015.

Dec 17, 2017

(*Favourite "Mr. Spock" quote*) - "May I say that I have not yet thoroughly enjoyed serving with humans. I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant."

In this generally easy-going memoir - Captain Kirk (aka, William Shatner) fondly reminisces about his 50-year acquaintance with Mr. Spock (aka. Leonard Nimoy).

As the story goes - These 2 "Star Trek" space-cadet/dudes were, in fact, fairly close, personal friends (when they weren't on the set filming something, or other, together).

From 1966 onwards - Shatner and Nimoy not only starred together in 79 episodes of TV's "Star Trek" - But they had also appeared in 6 feature films together, as well.

Published in 2016 - This biography of 278 pages, also includes an 8-page photo gallery, too.

*Note* - In 2015 - Leonard Nimoy (83 at the time) died from an incurable lung disease.

The character of Mr. Spock (played perfectly by Nimoy) has, long ago, become a bona-fide pop culture icon.

Not the best-written memoir but enjoyable and interesting. Shatner's friendship and love for Nimoy is apparent. NOTE: I had the library order Adam Nimoy's documentary about his father "For the Love of Spock" -- it's in and it's really quite good. Enjoy!

KateHillier Apr 23, 2016

Had to go back and forth a bit about the rating, considered giving it no rating since it's not really the book that you're reading with any real thought re: literary merit or recommendation potential. A certain type of person is going to to read this no matter what I tell you about it; I am one of those people. If you a Star Trek fan, I don't need to encourage you to read it or discourage you since you're going to do it anyway.

It's a little hard to pass a judgment on person's perception of a friendship. A friendship that was different in the last few years before Leonard Nimoy's death especially. William Shatner also cannot resist the limelight and so he gets pretty much equal billing here. You expect that in a book about a friendship and I do think he was trying to rein it in as much as he could. What I do get out of this is that Shatner looks back fondly on the good times they had, wishes he could have done thing different or acted differently in the not so good ones, and deeply regrets not being better in touch with him before the end.

Despite all of that he is obviously very grateful for the time he did get with him. There are fan favourite stories and legends that pop up here again, blessedly not beaten to death or told in the exact same way, as well as insights and stories that I had never heard. This is primarily Shatner's recollections but there are others' as well - notably Nimoy's son, Adam.

It's an experience essential for a Star Trek fan. You are reminded exactly how awesome a guy Nimoy was and how badly we're going to miss him. I'm crushed that he's missing Star Trek's 50th anniversary and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Apr 16, 2016

Wonderful book. Full of unknown information about Leonard/Spock and Shatner/Kirk. Very touching account on a very special friendship. All with Shatner's humor.

cmlibrary_anickerson Apr 08, 2016

Don't bother, Shatner is as bad a writer as an actor.

Mar 24, 2016

Facinating, incredible! Never knew Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) was an alcoholic. William Shatner gave an excellent account of Nimoy in the fifty years of their friendship. Excellent read, especially for Star Trek fans (Trekkies).

Mar 14, 2016

As you might expect, Shatner gives himself equal billing with Nimoy in this tribute. Still, however, a worthwhile read for Trek fans.


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