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Pit Bull (Digital Audiobook)

The Battle over an American Icon

By Bronwen Dickey, Randye Kaye (Narrator)

Publication Date: May 9, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/4/2017)
MP3 CD (5/10/2016)
Hardcover (5/10/2016)
Compact Disc (5/10/2016)
MP3 CD (5/10/2016)
Compact Disc (5/10/2016)

Description

When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate, timid pit bull. Which made her wonder: how had the breed—beloved by Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, TV's "Little Rascals"—come to be known as a brutal fighter? Her search for answers takes her from nineteenth-century New York City dogfighting pits—the cruelty of which drew the attention of the recently formed ASPCA—to early twentieth-century movie sets where pit bulls cavorted with Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton; from the battlefields of Gettysburg and the Marne, where pit bulls earned presidential recognition, to desolate urban neighborhoods where the dogs were loved, prized, and brutalized. Whether through love or fear, hatred or devotion, humans are bound to the history of the pit bull. With unfailing thoughtfulness, compassion, and a firm grasp of scientific fact, Dickey offers us a clear-eyed portrait of this extraordinary breed, and an insightful view of Americans' relationship with their dogs.


About the Author

Randye Kaye is an accomplished voice talent, actress, singer, broadcaster, and author. She received a Listen-Up Award nomination and starred reviews for Ben Behind His Voices, which she also wrote, bringing together the various facets of her career. She lives in Trumbull, Connecticut, where she voices everything from commercials to cartoons when the family remembers to be quiet.