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Will: The Sunday Times Bestselling Autobiography Paperback – 9 November 2021
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One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had.
Will Smith's transformation from a fearful child in a tense West Philadelphia home to one of the biggest rap stars of his era and then one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood history, with a string of box office successes that will likely never be broken, is an epic tale of inner transformation and outer triumph, and Will tells it astonishingly well. But it's only half the story.
Will Smith thought, with good reason, that he had won at life- not only was his own success unparalleled, his whole family was at the pinnacle of the entertainment world. Only they didn't see it that way- they felt more like star performers in his circus, a seven-days-a-week job they hadn't signed up for. It turned out Will Smith's education wasn't nearly over.
This memoir is the product of a profound journey of self-knowledge, a reckoning with all that your will can get you and all that it can leave behind. Written with the help of Mark Manson, author of the multi-million-copy bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Will is the story of how one exceptional man mastered his own emotions, written in a way that can help everyone else do the same. Few of us will know the pressure of performing on the world's biggest stages for the highest of stakes, but we can all understand that the fuel that works for one stage of our journey might have to be changed if we want to make it all the way home. The combination of genuine wisdom of universal value and a life story that is preposterously entertaining, even astonishing, puts Will the book, like its author, in a category by itself.
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If you read one book this year, make it this one -- Jay Shetty
A wild ride ― New York Times
Bracingly honest, vivid and compelling [...] how an average talent became the biggest movie star in the world ― The Times
Brilliant ― Telegraph
About the Author
Will Smith is an actor, producer and musician, two-time Academy Award nominee, Grammy Award and NAACP award winner who has enjoyed a diverse career encompassing films, television and multi-platinum records.
Starting as a rapper in 1985, Smith is best known for his acting roles in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", I AM LEGEND, the BAD BOYS and MEN IN BLACK film series, HITCH and most recently, ALADDIN. His vast filmography also includes transformative portrayals of true-life icons in ALI and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, both which garnered him Academy Award nominations, as well as his role in CONCUSSION. Smith recently produced and starred in 2020's biggest box office hit, BAD BOYS FOR LIFE, in addition to producing and appearing in HBO Max's emotional and most watched, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" 30th Anniversary Reunion special.
Next up, Smith will produce and star as Richard Williams, infamous father of American icons Venus and Serena Williams, in Warner Brothers' KING RICHARD, which will release on November 19th. This summer, Smith begins production on Apple's upcoming scripted action thriller EMANCIPATION, directed by Antoine Fuqua, and produced by his Westbrook Studios.
In 2019, Smith launched his media company, Westbrook Inc. alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Miguel Melendez and Kosaku Yada, which focuses on empowering artists to tell stories that connect with a global audience. Westbrook houses Westbrook Studios, Westbrook Media, the digital content studio, social media management, and creative brand incubator, and direct to consumer business, Good Goods. Westbrook Studios is home to the Emmy nominated Facebook Watch series, "Red Table Talk" and is rapidly expanding its footprint in entertainment, serving as the studio home to all new premium TV and motion picture projects. Smith will serve as a producer through Westbrook on his upcoming projects including KING RICHARD, EMANCIPATION, and PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES. Westbrook Media most recently produced KING RICHARD and EMANCIPATION. Additionally, they produced the 30th anniversary reunion special of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and the Snap series "Will From Home." In response to the stay-at-home order "Will From Home" featured appearances by Smith's family, celebrity friends and everyday people who were also isolating indoors. The media company also recently announced Peacock's unprecedented two season order of "Bel-Air," a dramatic reimagining of the Fresh Prince series. He and his wife also founded the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation to benefit inner-city community development, youth educational projects and under-privileged children and their families.
Mark Manson (Author)
Mark Manson is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything is F*cked- A Book About Hope and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck- A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, the mega-bestseller that reached #1 in fourteen different countries. Mark's books have been translated into more than 50 languages and have sold over 12 million copies worldwide.
Mark runs one of the largest personal growth websites in the world, MarkManson.net, a blog with more than two million monthly readers and half a million subscribers. His writing is often described as 'self-help for people who hate self-help' -- a no-BS brand of life advice and cultural commentary that has struck a chord with people around the globe. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, Forbes, Vice, CNN, and Vox, among many others. He currently lives in New York City.
Instagram- @markmanson Twitter- @IAmMarkManson
- Publisher : CENTURY - TRADE (9 November 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529124166
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529124163
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 3.2 x 23.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Authored by Will Smith and Mark Manson.
The simplest way I can describe this book is inspiring. We all know Will Smith, whether it be through Fresh Prince, Men in Black or the plethora of work that he has done through the years. Will is a global force, well recognised and most people would say ‘a funny man’. Who is the man behind that mask? Reading this book makes you understand that it is just that…. A mask. But why? A man who seemingly has everything? Why pretend to be someone you’re not?
Reading this book answered every question & then some. Without giving (or trying to give) too much away, Will was a fearful child. There were tense moments at home which compounded his fearfulness. He was a child that liked to give, liked to make sure everyone was happy. There was a need to be approved, for people to like him. If they liked him, then he must be ok…..right? Even as a young child, he was grafting a persona, one that he hoped everyone would love. Love the persona he created…..love him. Right?
This memoir is transformative and triumphant, in that Will Smith felt life was perfect. Rapper, film star, family man, success, top of his game. So what changed him? A comment from a member of his family made him see that his family felt like performers in the “Will Smith show” and not the family they should be.
Will delicately details his journey. It’s a profound journey and one that clearly demonstrates you can have it all, but still feel like you have nothing. It’s a discovery for Will and one that he has written beautifully. There are some memoir writers that will tell you how wonderful life is and how great they are. That’s not Will. Will is as straight as they come. He will tell you the times he got mixed up with the wrong sort. He will tell you how he mastered his feelings. He will tell you how he realised what was important to him and why.
The book is a crazy life story of a kid from West Philadelphia who come good. It’s the story of a child whose mum wanted him to go to college but he wanted more. It’s the story of a born performer who steps out on the world stage to give the world what they want. It’s the story of a man who wants to be one better than the one before – if the top actor earns $10m, Will wants $11m. The book shows you how Ill is always striving to reach heights.
What this book also shows, is that the energy you put into your performing life, must also be given into family. Wills honesty in his words show you clearly when he messes up. What’s refreshing to see in a memoir, is someone saying “I wish I could this back”. Will has learned through life. He’s learned what really matters. It’s beautiful to read his words on working with his children. How much he enjoyed the quality time he had. I particularly loved reading how he promotes creativity: art supplies everywhere, music studio, areas to record his wife Jada`s show Red Table Talk.
Will Smith once said: “Once you've learned how your mind works, the layout, all experiences, emotions, every circumstance, whether positive or negative, will propel you forward, to greater growth and greater experience. "
This book clearly shows his growth, his mistakes, his remedies, his successes and his loves. Mr Smith has learned how his mind works and is a better man for his life lessons.
I have not been so captured by a book for years and, as I am not keen on biographical novels I rarely pick them up.
I like Will, always have and to get to know him more was fascinating because what you get is not what the man is about, that is his persona, not the real man. But the real man is still evolving and so what we get today may not hold true by tomorrow.
Mark Manson and Will Smith have written a wonderful book. It is so readable, it flows. There is so much more to Will than we would ever guess unless we read this, because, for all his loud noise and on going successful films, he is a very private man - although I bet he wouldn't agree with me.
I bought this book thinking it would last out my 'on-my-own-Christmas' but it didn't. It's now Boxing day and there is no Will any more.
However that's okay, I am surrounded by thoughts of his father and mother, his siblings and his grandmother, his children and his wives, every one of them alive and powerful characters, who crowd the pages along with all the show folk he works with, his friends and also people like Mandela, and Muhammad ali.
Success and failure and more success were great learning curves, as was love and becoming a father.
Above all the book has depth to it. As Will begins his journey we are allowed to tag along as he begins to peel back the restrictions in his own life and discover the real Will under it all. There is awareness there of things more profound than just surface living, there is truth, recognition and comprehension of life and what it's all about there, and for that alone it is worth the journey.
It does, of course, come to an end and I have one last question I have to ask, did Will survive his helicopter bungee jump? No one has ever said :)
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This book amounts to look behind the curtain of what made this icon who he is, warts and all. While it is incredibly insightful and well written - those of us who liked having him up on a pedestal for being superhuman will realize that he is imperfect like us all.
What you get in this book is life experiences from Will wrapped around singular ideas like "fear", "Power" and "Hope" and he uses those themes and stories to teach us lessons about life. This book left me with a new understanding of Will and myself - in my opinion, that's all a great biographical works should do.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 November 2021