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Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

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ISBN13: 9781410443441
ISBN10: 1410443442
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He believed the dog was immortal.

So begins Susan Orlean's sweeping, powerfully moving account of Rin Tin Tin's journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. Orlean, a staff writer at The New Yorker who has been hailed as a national treasure by The Washington Post, spent nearly ten years researching and reporting her most captivating book to date: the story of a dog who was born in 1918 and never died.

It begins on a battlefield in France during World War I, when a young American soldier, Lee Duncan, discovered a newborn German shepherd in the ruins of a bombed-out dog kennel. To Duncan, who came of age in an orphanage, the dog's survival was a miracle. He saw something in Rin Tin Tin that he felt compelled to share with the world. Duncan brought Rinty home to California, where the dog's athleticism and acting ability drew the attention of Warner Bros. Over the next ten years, Rinty starred in twenty-three blockbuster silent films that saved the studio from bankruptcy and made him the most famous dog in the world. At the height of his popularity, Rin Tin Tin was Hollywood's number one box office star.

During the decades that followed, Rinty and his descendants rose and fell with the times, making a tumultuous journey from silent films to talkies, from black-and-white to color, from radio programs to one of the most popular television shows of the baby boom era, The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin. The canine hero's legacy was cemented by Duncan and a small group of others--including Bert Leonard, the producer of the TV series, and Daphne Hereford, the owner of the current Rin Tin Tin--who have dedicated their lives to making sure the dog's legend will never die.

At its core, Rin Tin Tin is a poignant exploration of the enduring bond between humans and animals. It is also a richly textured history of twentieth-century entertainment and entrepreneurship. It spans ninety years and explores everything from the shift in status of dogs from working farmhands to beloved family members, from the birth of obedience training to the evolution of dog breeding, from the rise of Hollywood to the past and present of dogs in war. Filled with humor and heart and moments that will move you to tears, Susan Orlean's first original book since The Orchid Thief is an irresistible blend of history, human interest, and masterful storytelling--a dazzling celebration of a great American dog by one of our most gifted writers.

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carolcody, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by carolcody)
Susan Orlean is a wonderful creative nonfiction writer because she makes readers interested in and fascinated by topics they'd never before thought of. This account of the very famous and fabled Rin Tin Tin, star of early Hollywood silent films. and later, because of his progeny, star of radio, vaudeville, and television shows, is also the story of his trainer and owner, Lee Duncan. Orlean weaves the story of the German shepherd puppy first discovered by Duncan in a battlefield in France in WWI with Duncan's own lonely childhood in an orphanage, and the subsequent rise to fame of both dog and human is related to issues concerning American culture at this time and to the historical events of the war years and decades beyond. Well researched and very entertaining, Orlean has created a tribute to the bond between humans and animals, blending her strong narrative voice with meticulous research as well as humor and emotion.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781410443441
Publisher:
Thorndike Press
Subject:
Animals
Author:
Horton, Robert J.
Author:
Orlean, Susan
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Publication Date:
20111231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts
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