The author traces her interest in the famous dog to a toy owned by
her grandfather, who kept it tantalizingly close to, but far from,
the curious grandchildren. The fleshand blood dog drew similar
fervor, from Lee Duncan, who rescued the pup from WWI France, from
the movie fans of the 1920's, from dog lovers across the United
States, and from television audiences, especially kids, around the
world in the 1950's.
The author includes many asides, about humans and dogs as companions, about the Hollywood movie and TV meat grinders, about
dog training as a professions, and about dogs in the military.
All interesting and enjoyable to read, but all seems like padding
for a central story which wouldn't cover this many pages on its own.
A book for dog lovers and nostalgia enthusiasts, but not worthy, in this reviewer's opinion, of the lavish praises heaped on it in
quotes on the paperback edition.