Pit Bull

Pit Bull

The Battle Over An American Icon

Book - 2016
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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, TV's "Little Rascals"--come to be known as a brutal fighter. Her search for answers takes her from nineteenth-century New York City dogfighting pits--the cruelty of which helped spark the founding of the ASPCA--to early twentieth-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 medals, to desolate urban neighborhoods where the dogs were brutalized. Whether through love or fear, hatred or devotion, humans are bound to the history of the pit bull. With unfailing thoughtfulness, 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' relationship with their dogs. --Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780307961761
Branch Call Number: 636.755 Dic
Characteristics: xvi, 330 pages : illustrations, photographs ; 25 cm.


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Oct 28, 2016

Really enjoyed reading this book! Even as a long-time animal shelter volunteer and pit bull-type dog lover, I learned many things about this breed and the dog welfare movement in general. Fascinating.

JCLHelenH Jun 03, 2016

This book is about so much more than dogs. "Animals in deprived areas can easily be affected by the same cycles of desperation, poverty, and violence that plague their human caretakers."


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JCLHelenH Jun 28, 2016

“The people they claim to be advocating for, they deserve better than that,” Dickey said. “They deserve somebody hanging out at city hall, not in the comments section.”


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