Clark Collis
September 14, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Rin Tin Tin

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Susan Orlean
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B

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

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