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Striking Distance


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Prologue: The DissidentPart 1. San Francisco1. The Patriarch2. Native Son3. The Good Long Fist4. The Little Dragon5. The Soft Arts6. Three Moves or LessPart 2. Oakland7. The Innovator8. The Hawaiian Connection (Part One)9. The Hawaiian Connection (Part Two)10. Way of the Integrated FistPart 3. 196411. Year of the Green Dragon12. Long Beach13. Incident at the Sun Sing Theater14. Exchanging Hands15. "Made to Fight"Epilogue: Screen TestAcknowledgments
Author's NoteNotesBibliographyIndex

Promotional Information

--Formative and little-known period of Bruce Lee's early life
--Lee's important time in the Bay Area has never been fully told
--Story behind the urban myth
--Forty years after his death, Bruce Lee remains a household name, easily recognized and known throughout the world
--Includes stories of several other martial arts masters
--West Coast audience will be large for this book, and author is well connected to that audience

About the Author

Charles Russo is an award-winning journalist who lives in San Francisco. Shannon Lee is the daughter of Bruce Lee and CEO of Bruce Lee Enterprises.


"As someone who has been a Bruce Lee fan since I was a teenager, I remember the time when Bruce Lee's life was all myth and mystery. Thank you to journalist Charles Russo who has a written a fun-to-read Bruce Lee book for grownups. It both solidifies Bruce Lee's place in martial arts, pop culture, and history while at the same time demonstrating that there was a good reason Bruce was a walking legend in his brief time on this planet. Bravo!"-W. Kamau Bell, comic and host of CNN's United Shades of America -- W. Kamau Bell
"[Striking Distance is] a hard-bitten biography of Bruce Lee's early days before movies made him a mega-star. . . . [It] expertly separates fact from myth and also features some righteous fight scenes."-NPR's Dinner Party Download * NPR's Dinner Party Download *
"Striking Distance: Bruce Lee and the Dawn of Martial Arts in America is one of those rare martial arts volumes that is likely to be widely read by individuals practicing a variety of styles."-Ben Judkins, Kung Fu Tea -- Ben Judkins * Kung Fu Tea *
"Striking Distance is one of the few well-written, well-researched books about Bruce out there. Charles and his book were extremely helpful in my research and I relied upon his work a great deal in covering the Bay Area period of Lee's life. Every Bruce Lee fan should buy his book."-Matthew Polly, author of Bruce Lee: A Life

-- Matthew Polly
"Striking Distance places the living, breathing man back into history, outside of the myth, and tells the real story from the street level up of Lee's contribution to the global rise of gung fu. Charles Russo writes with all the fire, wisdom, and heart that Bruce Lee deserves. A poignant and powerful achievement, and a must-read for anyone interested in Bruce and the martial arts."-Jeff Chang, author of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

-- Jeff Chang
"Charles Russo's Striking Distance is a concise, eminently readable biography of the fighting legend in the formative period of his life."-James Sullivan, Datebook -- James Sullivan * Datebook *
"For anyone interested in learning more about the origins of martial arts in this country, Striking Distance is a tremendous read."-Brian Burmeister, ARETE -- Brian Burmeister * ARETE *
"Russo's work is a useful addition to both the biographies of Bruce Lee, and the history of martial arts in general, and is quite an entertaining read as well."-Delano Lopez, Origins -- Delano Lopez * Origins *
"A must-have for fans of Bruce Lee and martial arts history."-Matthew Kaplowitz, -- Matthew Kaplowitz * *
"I learned a lot. . . . Truly fascinating . . . and written in an engaging way."-Shannon Lee (Bruce Lee's daughter) -- Shannon Lee

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