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When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate, timid pit bull. Which made her wonder: How had the breed - beloved by Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and TV's Little Rascals - come to be known as a brutal fighter? Her search for answers takes her from 19th-century New York City dogfighting pits - the cruelty of which drew the attention of the recently formed ASPCA - to early 20th-century movie sets where pit bulls cavorted with Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton; from the battlefields of Gettysburg and the Marne, where pit bulls earned presidential recognition, to desolate urban neighborhoods where the dogs were loved, prized, and brutalized.
Whether through love or fear, hatred or devotion, humans are bound to the history of the pit bull. With unfailing thoughtfulness and compassion and a firm grasp of scientific fact, Dickey offers us a clear-eyed portrait of this extraordinary breed and an insightful view of Americans' relationships with their dogs.
©2016 Bronwen Dickey (P)2016 Tantor
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"This [is] exceptional, thoroughly researched, and expertly written work." ( Library Journal)
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5 out of 5 stars
By D'Anne Witkowski on 06-23-16

The definitive argument about pitbulls

Well researched and fascinating. You'll learn a lot about dogs, but perhaps even more about humans.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Terri Hill on 01-15-17


I LOVED this book! Not only for the content, but for the narration as well.

Randy Kaye did a marvelous job narrating this book. Her voice just flowed with the reading. Everything was precise and she was so easy to listen to. I will look for more books she has narrated.

The author did a a wonderful job with the investigation for the content of this book. It was all so interesting and eye opening.

We have a dog that is least partially Pit Bull, as we know her mother was a Pit. Her name is Simba as she looks just like the lion on The Lion King. She is the most wonderful, loving, athletic, strong, smart pet that I have ever known. So for me, the book was personally gratifying as the words in this book verified what we all along had thought about having a Pit bull.

We live in a subdivision where it is in our covenant's that you can't have a dog that is 50% pit bull or more. We have had her for 4 yrs now and haven't been run out of town yet! Probably because she is so friendly, loving and just so darn cute!

Buy this book whether you have a Pit or not. You will be glad you did!

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39 of 42 people found this review helpful

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