Leonard

Leonard by William ShatnerLeonard by William ShatnerDavid Fisher

My rating: 5/5

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, in a new science-fiction television series, would shape their lives in ways no one could have anticipated. In seventy-nine television episodes 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.

Even though I have been a lifelong fan of Star Trek, I was surprised to learn a few things while reading this book. Over the years I had been aware of the rumours regarding feuds between its stars but I chose not to take stock in them. This book is an honest and frank account of a relationship that was to span five decades. I admire William Shatner for his openness and it was clear that although there were painful periods for both of them, William’s love for Leonard came through quite clearly.

At times this book was humorous and at times very emotional. It moved me deeply and I learned so much about the kind of man Leonard actually was. I have seen a different side to him now and I admire him even more for it.
I highly recommend this book and I do not feel that it’s necessary to be a fan of Star Trek. There is so much more to this amazing story and the deep (if somewhat patchy) friendship between two remarkable men.