Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

Susan Orlean. Simon & Schuster, $26.99 (288p) ISBN 978-1-4391-9013-5
With this stirring biographical history, Orlean follows up her bestselling The Orchid Thief with another tale of passion and dedication overcoming adversity and even common sense—this one centering on Rin Tin Tin, the German shepherd who founded a film and TV dynasty. After spending a lonely childhood in an orphanage, the young soldier Lee Duncan discovers on the battlefield of WWI France the puppy that will make a name for him as one of Hollywood's top dog trainers, and become his life's guiding purpose. The book follows Rin Tin Tin's trajectory from early Hollywood's "Poverty Row," where Duncan sought the dog's first film deal, to international celebrity in silent films, radio shows, and TV programs. Though Rin Tin Tin's contracts began to lapse in later years, Duncan never ceased grooming canine successors and shopping around scripts, and producer Bert Leonard lived on friends' couches as he poured money into colorizing old episodes of The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. Orlean directs a sympathetic gaze toward these men so haunted by their memories of the dog that swept them into stardom. 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." (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 07/11/2011
Release date: 09/01/2011
Show other formats
FORMATS
Ebook - 336 pages - 978-1-4516-6749-3
Hardcover - 533 pages - 978-1-4104-4344-1
Hardcover - 320 pages - 978-0-434-01347-0
Hardcover - 324 pages - 978-1-84354-709-9
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4640-2180-0
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-0-85789-629-2
Hardcover - 324 pages - 978-1-84354-708-2
Book - 978-1-4423-4497-6
Compact Disc
Ebook - 336 pages - 978-1-4391-9015-9
Paperback - 352 pages - 978-1-4391-9014-2
Paperback - 531 pages - 978-1-59413-561-3
Open Ebook - 385 pages - 978-0-85789-721-3
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.