Rin Tin Tin

The Life and the Legacy

By Susan Orlean
(Atlantic Books (UK), Paperback, 9780857896292)

Publication Date: February 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Hardcover, Paperback, Compact Disc, Paperback

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“This is the story of a young man whose fateful journey collides with that of a battlefield puppy, setting into motion an extraordinary tale of devotion. Beginning with a tale of redemption, Orlean unfolds a riveting account of the history of both the German shepherd, whose breed exemplifies the good-natured qualities that have made dog and human relationships unparalleled in society, and early American movie making. The result is a wonderful odyssey beautifully depicting loyalty and friendship in a remarkable history lesson and an entertaining read.”
-- Megan Bruce, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2011 Indie Next List



NPR
Monday, Jan 9, 2012

The orphaned German shepherd was found in the wreckage of a kennel during World War I. Writer Susan Orlean details how he became one of the biggest film stars of the silent era in Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend. More at NPR.org

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