Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean
The Life and Legend of the World's Most Famous Dog

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The story of Lee and Rinty is at the public level a Hollywood fairy tale, yet fundamentally it is no more, and no less, than the tale of a boy and his dog.
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"From the moment in 1918 when Corporal Lee Duncan discovers Rin Tin Tin on a World War I battlefield, he recognizes something in the pup that he needs to share with the world. Rin Tin Tin's improbable introduction to Hollywood leads to the dog's first blockbuster film and over time, the many radio programs, movies, and television shows that follow. The canine hero's legacy is cemented by Duncan and a small group of others who devote their lives to keeping him and his descendants alive. At its heart, Rin Tin Tin is a poignant exploration of the enduring bond between humans and animals. But it is also a richly textured history of twentieth-century entertainment and entrepreneurship and the changing role of dogs in the American family and society. Almost ten years in the making, Susan Orlean's first original book since The Orchid Thief is a tour de force of history, human interest, and masterful storytelling - the ultimate must-read for anyone who loves great dogs or great yarns."
 

About Susan Orlean

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Susan Orlean is a staff writer for The New Yorker and has also written for Outside, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Vogue. She graduated from the University of Michigan and worked as a reporter in Portland, Oregon, and Boston, Massachusetts. Orlean is the author of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend. She now lives in New York City and can be reached via the internet at www.susanorlean.com
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 354 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by John Banville on Feb 02 2012

The story of Lee and Rinty is at the public level a Hollywood fairy tale, yet fundamentally it is no more, and no less, than the tale of a boy and his dog.

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