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Rin Tin Tin

DOG TALE Orlean tells the story of the clever canine who was robbed of an Oscar because of his lack of humanity

DOG TALE Orlean tells the story of the clever canine who was robbed of an Oscar because of his lack of humanity

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Rin Tin Tin

Genre: Nonfiction; Author: Susan Orlean; Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Rin Tin Tin has long been in the doghouse, fame-wise. But the German shepherd was a huge silent-movie-era star and, according to one Hollywood legend, was even set to win Best Actor at the inaugural Academy Awards in 1929 before the organizers decided the trophy should be handed to someone with opposable thumbs. Orchid Thief author Susan Orlean relates the histories of the original Rin Tin Tin and his various successors with her customary eye for captivating detail and, rather less winningly, the ambition of injecting herself into this shaggy-dog story whenever possible. B

Originally posted September 14 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT

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