“The Art of Walt Disney” by Christopher Finch is a “lavishly” illustrated “coffee table” book that gives a solid, if not overly detailed, history of the Disney Studios. I have the original 1973 hard cover edition, but Finch has more recently done an updated version (that I want to get). Also of the “coffee table” variety is “Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life” by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnson. This is an amazing “textbook” on how “Disney” animation is done; gives an amazing insight to what it really took to bring the classic, hand-drawn, animated films to the screen. Currently out of print, but try to find a hard cover copy on Amazon or ebay (the paperback was seriously abridged - as was the paperback release of the original “Art of Disney”).