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  • Posted September 27, 2011

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    Kibble for the Soul

    Lee Duncan, a corporal in the trenches of World War I France, rescued a military German shepherd and her pups during an artillery attack. Duncan, an orphan, "immediately bonded" with a pup he named Rin Tin Tin. He knew somehow that the dog would become immortal. Ninety years later, the legacy of Rin Tin Tin is still alive in the hearts of Americans.

    "He was born in 1918 and he never died." The dog that was to become a hero, an ideal, a companion and a caretaker also became a celebrity. Lee wrote a screenplay about the intimacy between a man and his dog, starring Rin Tin Tin. The dog became a favorite in Hollywood's silent movies. He rode a steeplechase horse, dove off a thirty-foot pier, and drove an aquaplane. His successors starred in movies though the years. A 1950s television show about the dog and an orphaned boy adopted by a cavalry troop during the Apache wars hit the charts. Rin Tin Tin IV starred. No matter what the format, Rinty bounded across the screen to save the day.

    Although rescued in World War I, Rinty became the "spokesdog" for the United States Army in World War II. Seen as a symbol of bravery, intelligence and toughness, he encouraged many families to donate their pets to the military. His legacy would have died without the dedication of Lee Duncan, Herbert "Bert" Leonard, Daphne Herford and other owners of Rin Tin Tin descendants.

    Much of the book details Lee Duncan's early years. His mother left him in an orphanage when he was six. He always felt alone and the only balm to his loneliness was his friend and companion, Rin Tin Tin. Never forgetting his early difficulties, an orphanage was always the first stop when Lee and Rinty did publicity tours.

    Susan Orlean, author of <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, <i>The Orchid Thief</i>, says that her initial impetus to write <i>Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend</i> was her love of animals. She feels that Rin Tin Tin has character and because of that his fame has lasted through decades. Orlean spent ten years writing the book and researching in France, Texas and California. She scoured Duncan's records and interviewed people who owned Rinty dogs, obviously relishing the entire process.

    <i>Rin Tin Tin</i> is impeccably researched and full of details of Hollywood, television and American life. Lee's war experience, the rescue of Rin Tin Tin, and the parts he played in movies are the most compelling sections of the book. It was fascinating to read about the 16 million animals deployed in World War I as scouts, messengers, carriers of medical supplies, and sentries. The insertion of the author's personal reflections detracted from the more compelling story, but is a minor flaw in an otherwise extraordinary book.

    The book released in hardback, eBook and audio formats. Kudos to Marilyn Dantes who captured Rin Tin Tin's essence on the book's cover. The book's text is large enough for those who watched the 1950s TV show. The texture on the book jacket is a pleasure to feel. It is slightly sticky, but it is the story within that will stick with you long after you've finished the read.

    Simon and Schuster graciously supplied the review copy for my unbiased opinion.

    Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Very good book

    There is much more to the Rin Tin Tin story than I realized. I loved the enhanced version with the videos. Great addition to the story!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    Not a quick read

    The basis for the book is a good one. However, the author tends to drag out the story line, spending too much time on the minutae of details that aren't relevant to the storyline. The first part of the book I found to be very interesting - the original Rin Tin Tin story. As the story dragged on, I'm still having difficulty plowing through this and find myself asking "when will it be over"?

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Touching story..

    I could not help but think about the story of Hachiko when I saw this book. I have a soft spot for dogs and will not hesitate to buy a book about it. It makes it more interesting because he believes that his dog is immortal.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

    Who does not love Rinty!

    Interesting tale, well told!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    very interesting keeps you reading even when you should be doing something else.

    lots of fact told in a really interesting way.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Needs a rewrite.

    This was one of the first books I bought with my Nook and I was so excited. Lifelong dog lover, groomer and trainer I have loved Rin Tin Tin since I watched his silent movies as a child on TV on Saturday mornings. Couldn't wait to read this book when I first saw it and to be able to get it on my Nook, I was over the moon. Until I started reading it.

    This reads as if the author dropped the pages on the way to the printer and never got the chapters back in order. Back and forth it goes, dwelling too long with her thoughts and history and never going into detail about Rin Tin Tin. It's more of a book on her life than the dog and his trainer. I was VERY disappointed.

    I have no idea why this book would be awarded any prize or ranked at all in sales unless, like me, many people bought it without taking it for a test drive first. My excuse is I bought it in Nook form and never held it in my hands at the store to give it a look.

    Such an interesting story done in a most uninteresting way. Read Seabiscuit, An American Legend if you want to see how a book like this should be written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Anonous

    Really good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Rin tin tin

    Really good book i love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    "OK" but nothing special - uneven read

    Somewhat uneven writing. Parts hold your interest and other parts drag.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Silverstalia

    "Hi shawdowwolf" said the anxious silverstalia.....

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    That shadow paw my cousin

    I have to fight him. Shadowwolf

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Shadowpaw

    Shadowpaw stood and cleared his throat. "He should get back.... To camp." He says.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Mistclan

    Go to Emerald Atlas

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    A thoroughly engrossing account of a movie icon that will have a

    A thoroughly engrossing account of a movie icon that will have any dog lover turning the pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    great book of Hollywood,owner and dog

    i could re-read this book again.It is so informative and loving and dogs.I love dogs and I remember Rin tin tin and lassie so well. As a little girl I wanted a shepherd or collie,but being poor it was impossible..I now love and own Basenji's..its close enough.It is a great book and would recommend it to anyone who loves animals and is interested in the way Hollwood works..REALLY REALLY A GOOD BOOK!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    recommend

    Interesting history of Rin Tin Tin. I knew only of the TV show, but learned a lot about his silent movies and the life of his owner. The book was thoroughly researched in all aspects of the Wonder Dog. Makes me wish I could see the early movies. Fascinating story of the rise and fall of the German Shepherd breed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Cute dog

    You should read this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    RIN TIN TIN is a WINNER!

    I could not recommend this book more! It is a wonderful and engrossing story of one world famous dog that inspired a lot of people in many different ways! I loved the way Susan Orleans allowed herself brief tangents to other dogs, Hollywood, and the wars, as a way of expressing what was going on in those times that made RIN TIN TIN so immortal.

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