What We Are Reading Today: Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew Polly

What We Are Reading Today: Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew Polly
Updated 06 June 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew Polly

What We Are Reading Today: Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew Polly
  • Polly explores how Lee’s fame helped reshape perceptions of Asian-Americans in the US

Forty-five years after Bruce Lee’s sudden death at age 32, journalist and bestselling author Matthew Polly has written the definitive account of Lee’s life. 

The definitive biography follows Lee’s move from America to Hong Kong and back again, his time as a child star in Asia, the reverse racism he experienced and his rise to prominence in the US. 

Polly explores how Lee’s fame helped reshape perceptions of Asian-Americans in the United States.

“Following a decade of research that included conducting more than one hundred interviews with Lee’s family, friends, business associates, and even the actress in whose bed Lee died, Polly has constructed a complex, humane portrait of the icon,” said a review published in goodreads.com.

Polly “breaks down the myths surrounding Bruce Lee and argues that, contrary to popular belief, he was an ambitious actor who was obsessed with the martial arts— not a kung-fu guru who just so happened to make a couple of movies,” said the review.