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Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend of the World's Most Famous Dog
     

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend of the World's Most Famous Dog

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by Susan Orlean
 

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ISBN-13:
9781843547082
Publisher:
Atlantic
Publication date:
02/28/2012

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Rin Tin Tin 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
nyauthoress More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
LKC47 More than 1 year ago
Interesting tale, well told!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first this book was so so so interesting but then it started to get boring. I dont know if I would recommend it. Susan Orlean is a talented author just needs to make it a little more interesting. Overall, I guess its a pretty good book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not what I expected. I wanted a fun read like "Marley and Me" while this book has really very little about the dog himself. I found myself putting it down often to read something else.
NatGivens More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Somewhat uneven writing. Parts hold your interest and other parts drag.
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Michael_Dixon More than 1 year ago
A thoroughly engrossing account of a movie icon that will have any dog lover turning the pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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I found this book to be very enjoyable. Her descriptipn of the breed is accurate There is only one Rin Tin Tin and only one breed like the GSD. There is no substitute.
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lots of fact told in a really interesting way.