Pit bull : the battle over an American icon
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New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
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Book
Edition
First edition.
Physical Desc
xvi, 330 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Main Library - Adult
636.7559 Dic
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636.7559 Dic
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Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
Edition
First edition.
Language
English

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"This is a Borzoi book"--Verso of title page.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 308-313) and index.
Description
The story of how a popular breed of dog became the most demonized and supposedly the most dangerous of dogs -- and what role humans have played in the transformation. 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 Hollywood'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 drew the attention of the recently formed 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 recognition, to desolate urban neighborhoods where the dogs were loved, prized -- and sometimes brutalized. Whether through love or fear, hatred or devotion, humans are bound to the history of the pit bull.

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