Get to the bottom of the most infamous breed around with Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon. When author Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no trace of the infamous viciousness in her loving and affectionate pit bull. And so she was led to wonder—what caused this breed, beloved by Helen Keller and Teddy Roosevelt, to become known as a brutal fighter?
Her search for answers took her everywhere from 19th century New York dogfighting pits to early 20th century movie sets, and from the battlefield of Gettysburg to struggling urban neighborhoods. In this New York Times best seller, Dickey shares the illuminating story of how a popular breed became demonized—and what role humans have played in the transformation. Offering an insightful view of American’s relationship with their dogs, Dickey does a beautiful job of getting to the heart of this often controversial dog.
About the Author
Bronwen Dickey is an essayist and journalist who writes regularly for the Oxford American. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Best American Travel Writing 2009, Newsweek, and Outside, among other publications. In 2009 she received a first-place Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award and a MacDowell Colony residency grant.
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