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Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean
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A very thoroughly researched history of the dog Rin Tin Tin and his owner/trainer Lee Duncan, as well as several other major players in the Rin Tin Tin legacy. The story is interesting and heartwarming, in places. But overall this book left me feeling a bit sad. Duncan's love for Rin Tin Tin was at the expense of every other human relationship, including that of his wife and daughter. Television and movie producer Bert Leonard sacrificed nearly everything he had to keep the Rin Tin Tin legacy alive. Daphne Herford, breeder of Rin Tin Tin german shepherds also has given up much for her love of Rinty's off-spring and keeping the line alive. The idea of Rin Tin Tin, fiercely loyal, brave, strong, the picture of integrity, is one that many have championed and fought for, but almost at the expense of failing to embody those virtues themselves. And that is what I found to be a little sad.
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