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Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon (Paperback)

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"Bronwen Dickey blew my mind with Pit Bull, weaving social and cultural history, personal interviews, and pop culture into a book that reveals that what we call a 'pit bull' doesn't even really exist. I am no longer comfortable identifying any dog by its breed, even my own, much less judging them."

— Claire

Bronwen delivers a well balanced, superlatively researched treatise on the much maligned and beloved pit bull (whatever that is)... she really does not try to convince anyone to feel one way or the other (much to her detractor's disbelief), letting the reader come to their own conclusion. a great read about a misunderstood breed...yay dogs!

— Jason M.


The controversial story of one infamous breed of dog--a New York Times Bestseller ("Animals" list).

When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate pit bull. Which made her wonder: How had the breed--beloved by Teddy Roosevelt and Helen Keller--come to be known as a brutal fighter? Dickey's search for answers takes her from nineteenth-century New York dogfighting pits to early twentieth-century movie sets, from the battlefields of Gettysburg to struggling urban neighborhoods. In this illuminating story of how a popular breed became demonized--and what role humans have played in the transformation--Dickey offers us an insightful view of Americans' relationship with their dogs.

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. She lives in North Carolina.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780345803115
ISBN-10: 0345803116
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017
Pages: 400
Language: English