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Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date September 27, 2011
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781442344969
ISBN-10 1442344962
Dimensions 1 by 5 by 6 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $39.99
Other format details audio
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Nearly ten years in the making and perfect for the holidays, Susan Orlean’s first original book since the celebrated bestseller The Orchid Thief is the publishing event of the season: a sweeping, surprising, and powerfully moving work of narrative nonfiction about the dog actor and international icon, Rin Tin Tin.

German shepherd Rin Tin Tin’s journey is the story of the twentieth century. From the discovery of Rin Tin Tin on a WWI battlefield in 1918, to the movies, radio programs, and the 1950s television show that would cement his legacy around the world, Rin Tin Tin traces the extraordinary history of the dog and his descendants over more than ninety years. Rin Tin Tin was a star (he received 10,000 fan letters a week); a worldwide sensation; a social figure (as the U.S. Army’s WWII mascot, he inspired thousands of Americans to donate their dogs for use in the war); and a baby-boom touchstone. He was also a real dog, and the book tells the epic love story between Rin Tin Tin and the remarkable people who devoted their lives to him and his legacy.

Rin Tin Tin is also Orlean’s meditation on the nature of heroism, loyalty, and memory, and how Rin Tin Tin has lasted for so many generations. “Rin Tin Tin could leap twelve feet,” she writes, “and he could leap through time.”

Like no one else, Orlean crafts brilliantly engaging, witty, and passionate narratives about her real-life characters. As The Washington Post Book World has said, her “snapshot-vivid, pitch-perfect prose…is fast becoming one of our national treasures.” A tour de force of history, emotion, and masterful storytelling, here is the ultimate tale for anyone who loves great dogs or great journalism.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9781410443441 Book cover for 9781439190135
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (December 16, 2011)
9781410443441 | details & prices | 533 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.31 lbs | List price $31.99
About: A New York Times Bestselling Author -- He believed the dog was immortal.
1 edition from Simon & Schuster (September 27, 2011)
9781439190135 | details & prices | 324 pages | 6.75 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $26.99
About: He believed the dog was immortal.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781439190142 Book cover for 9781594135613
 
Reprint edition from Simon & Schuster (October 9, 2012)
9781439190142 | details & prices | 324 pages | 5.25 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.66 lbs | List price $16.00
About: 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).
Large print edition from Large Print Pr (October 2, 2012)
9781594135613 | details & prices | 531 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $16.99
About: "He believed the dog was immortal.
CD/Spoken Word
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Unabridged edition from Simon & Schuster (September 27, 2011)
9781442344969 | details & prices | 5.00 × 6.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $39.99
About: Nearly ten years in the making and perfect for the holidays, Susan Orlean’s first original book since the celebrated bestseller The Orchid Thief is the publishing event of the season: a sweeping, surprising, and powerfully moving work of narrative nonfiction about the dog actor and international icon, Rin Tin Tin.

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