Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

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By (author) Susan Orlean, Read by Susan Orlean

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER AUDIO
  • Format: CD-Audio | 10 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 150mm x 26mm | 254g
  • Publication date: 27 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1442344962
  • ISBN 13: 9781442344969
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 801,173

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Nearly ten years in the making and perfect for the holidays, Susan Orlean's first original book since the celebrated bestseller The Orchid Thief is the publishing event of the season: a sweeping, surprising, and powerfully moving work of narrative nonfiction about the dog actor and international icon, Rin Tin Tin. German shepherd Rin Tin Tin's journey is the story of the twentieth century. From the discovery of Rin Tin Tin on a WWI battlefield in 1918, to the movies, radio programs, and the 1950s television show that would cement his legacy around the world, "Rin Tin Tin" traces the extraordinary history of the dog and his descendants over more than ninety years. Rin Tin Tin was a star (he received 10,000 fan letters a week); a worldwide sensation; a social figure (as the U.S. Army's WWII mascot, he inspired thousands of Americans to donate their dogs for use in the war); and a baby-boom touchstone. He was also a real dog, and the book tells the epic love story between Rin Tin Tin and the remarkable people who devoted their lives to him and his legacy. "Rin Tin Tin" is also Orlean's meditation on the nature of heroism, loyalty, and memory, and how Rin Tin Tin has lasted for so many generations. "Rin Tin Tin could leap twelve feet," she writes, "and he could leap through time." Like no one else, Orlean crafts brilliantly engaging, witty, and passionate narratives about her real-life characters. As "The Washington Post Book World" has said, her "snapshot-vivid, pitch-perfect prose...is fast becoming one of our national treasures." A tour de force of history, emotion, and masterful storytelling, here is the ultimate tale for anyone who loves great dogs or great journalism.

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"Brilliant . . . If there were any book she was born to write, it's this one. The product of years of dogged research, it's her magnum opus, a work filled with fascinating stories . . . [and] stunning prose that is both compassionate and perceptive."--Michael Schaub "NPR "