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Rin Tin Tin (Reprint) (Paperback) by Susan Orlean

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About the Book



At its heart, "Rin Tin Tin" is a poignant exploration of the enduring bond between humans and animals. But it is also a richly textured history of 21st-century entertainment and entrepreneurship and the changing role of dogs in the American family and society.



Book Synopsis



One of the most acclaimed nonfiction books of 2011, Susan Orlean's New York Times bestseller Rin Tin Tin is "an unforgettable book about the mutual devotion between one man and one dog" (The Wall Street Journal).

He believed the dog was immortal. So begins Susan Orlean's sweeping, powerfully moving account of Rin Tin Tin's journey from abandoned puppy to movie star and international icon. Spanning almost one hundred years of history, from the dog's improbable discovery on a battlefield in 1918 to his tumultuous rise through Hollywood and beyond, Rin Tin Tin is a love story about the mutual devotion between one man and one dog (The Wall Street Journal) that is also a quintessentially American story of reinvention, a captivating exploration of our spiritual bond with animals, and a stirring meditation on mortality and immortality.



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"[Orlean] combines all her skills and passions in this astonishing story . . . A terrific dog's tale that will make readers sit up and beg for more."-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

"An improbably fascinating tale of one of the first canine celebrities, the times that catapulted him to fame, and the legacy that endures."-- "People magazine's Great Fall Reads"

"I adored this book. It weaves history, war, show business, humanity, wit, and grace into an incredible story about America, the human-animal bond, and the countless ways we would be lost without dogs by our sides, on our screens, and in our books. This is the story Susan Orlean was born to tell--it's filled with amazing characters, reporting, and writing."--Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

"Move over Seabiscuit, Rin Tin Tin will be the most-talked-about animal hero of the year and beyond. . . A spectacularly compelling portrait . . . Engrossing, dynamic, and affecting. -- "Booklist (starred review)"

"Not only does Susan Orlean give us a fascinating and big-hearted account of all the many incarnations of Rin Tin Tin, she shows us the ever-changing role of American dogs in times of war and peace. This book is for anyone who has ever had a dog or loved a dog or watched a dog on television or thought their dog could be a movie star. In short--everyone."--Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto

"Orlean relates the histories of the original Rin Tin Tin and his various successors with her customary eye for captivating detail."-- "Entertainment Weekly"

"Stirring . . . A tale of passion and dedication overcoming adversity. . . . Even readers coming to Rin Tin Tin for the first time will find it difficult to refrain from joining Duncan in his hope that Rin Tin Tin's legacy will 'go on forever.'"-- "Publishers Weekly"

"Rin Tin Tin is a tale of devotion . . . [and] an eloquent, powerful inquiry into 'how we create heroes and what we want from them, ' and about what endures in our culture. . . . Orlean's book runs much deeper than Baby Boomer nostalgia. . . . Orlean manages to surprise us repeatedly."--Heller McAlpin "The Christian Science Monitor"

"A masterpiece."-- "Chicago Tribune"

"A story of magnificent obsession. Nearly a decade in the making, combining worldwide research with personal connection, it offers the kind of satisfactions you only get when an impeccable writer gets hold of one heck of a story."--Kenneth Turan "Los Angeles Times"

"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"

"Deeply moving . . . Unforgettable."-- "Wall Street Journal"

"Engrossing . . . Delightful . . . Orlean finds much more to the story than a man and his dog . . . . Its heart lies in her exploration of how a dog could come to embody the ideal of heroic devotion and, eventually, exist as an icon outside the boundaries of time."--Douglass K. Daniel "The Associated Press"

"Epic . . . Heartfelt . . . An enormously satisfying story about a dog and the man who believed in him."--Carol Memmott "USA Today"

"Fascinating . . . Orlean's deadpan sense of humor and ear for the odd and beguiling fact make it hard to put down the book. But there's also something haunting about it, a sense of the brevity of life and fame. . . . Orlean's writing is built to last. As individual as a fingerprint, or a face, it turns what could have been a footnote to history into a touching account of the way one life resonates with others."--Margaret Quamme "The Columbus Dispatch"

"Fascinating . . . Sweeping . . . Expertly told . . . [Orlean] may persuade even the most hardened skeptic that Rin Tin Tin belongs on Mount Rushmore with George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt, or at least somewhere nearby with John Wayne and Seabiscuit."--Jennifer Schuessler "The New York Times Book Review"

"Heartening . . . It's a story that may surprise you. . . . Rin Tin Tin embodied the spirit of America."--Rita Braver "CBS Sunday Morning"

"It is a book that is best read in solitude, or at least in the company of someone who won't be annoyed when you speak up every few moments to share some fascinating fact that Orlean has uncovered, which she does on nearly every page."--Robert Philpot "Fort Worth Star-Telegram"

"Magnificent."-- "Vanity Fair"

"Rapturous . . . This dog's eye history of Hollywood in the 1920s is exuberant and told with as much energy as love. . . . It is to be numbered among the best Hollywood biographies."--David Thomson "The New Republic"

"Rin Tin Tin was more than a dog. He embodied the core paradoxes of the American ideal: He was a loner who was also a faithful companion, a brave fighter who was also vulnerable. I was astonished to learn from this delightful book that he has existed for eleven generations over a century. By chronicling his amazing ups and downs, Susan Orlean has produced a hugely entertaining and unforgettable reading experience."--Walter Isaacson "author of Steve Jobs"

"Stunning . . . Truly exceptional . . . A book so moving it melted the heart of at least this one dogged Lassie lover . . . . Calling Rin Tin Tin the story of a dog is like calling Moby-Dick the story of a whale."--Meredith Maran "The Boston Globe"

"Susan Orlean has written a book about how an orphaned dog became part of millions of households, and hearts, in a way that may reveal the changing bonds between humans and animals, too. . . . One of the many pleasures of this book is the historical breadth of the story."--Scott Simon "NPR's Weekend Edition"



About The Author



Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. She is the author of seven books, including Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award-winning film Adaptation. She lives with her family and her animals in Los Angeles and may be reached at SusanOrlean.com and Twitter.com/SusanOrlean.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.38 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inches (W) x .82 Inches (D)
Weight: .65 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 352
Genre: Nature, Pets, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Entertainment + Performing Arts, Animals, Dogs / General
Publisher: SIMON TRADE S&S
Format: Paperback
Author: Susan Orlean
Language: English
Street Date: October 9, 2012
TCIN: 14221867
UPC: 9781439190142
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-3880
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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